Trump and Putin talk on the telephone

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By Catherine Hardy  with Reuters
Trump and Putin talk on the telephone

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.

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.

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.