Russian President Vladimir Putin and US President-elect Donald Trump have agreed to work towards “constructive cooperation”, including on fighting terrorism.
The Kremlin says Putin and Trump have had their first telephone conversation since the US property billionaire won the election on November 8th.
#BREAKING Putin, Trump in phone call back normalising US-Russia ties: Kremlin— AFP news agency (@AFP) November 14, 2016
What they agreed – Kremlin statment
The two men agreed to “channel” relations between Russia and the US and “combine efforts to tackle international terrorism and extremism”.
They underscored the importance of creating a solid basis for bilateral ties, particularly by developing the trade-economic component.
“The countries should return to pragmatic, mutually-beneficial cooperation, which would address the interests of both countries as well as stability and safety the world over.”
The two men will maintain contact by phone and seek to meet each other in person.
Trump and Putin discuss future ties in phone call https://t.co/uYQcpYMgio— POLITICO Europe (@POLITICOEurope) November 14, 2016
When will Trump take office?
On January the 20th.
He will replace Barack Obama, whose relations with Putin have become tense over various issues including Syria and Ukraine.