Excerpted From The Mirror: President-elect Donald Trump and Russian leader Vladimir Putin have vowed to tackle ISIS together after holding breakthrough talks on the telephone.
Less than a week after the billionaire’s election, the Kremlin said Putin called Trump yesterday to begin negotiations over how best to tackle to terrorism.
The Russian is reported to have said he is ready for dialogue with the US “on the basis of mutual respect, non-intervention into each other’s internal affairs”.
According to the news agency Kremlin, Putin and Trump have agreed to “work to channel bilateral relationships into constructive cooperation, to combine efforts to tackle international terrorism and extremism, and to continue contact by telephone and to work towards meeting in person”.
“The importance of creating a solid basis for bilateral ties was underscored, in particularly by developing the trade-economic component,” the Kremlin said in its statement.
It added that 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, the statement said.
The call is a marked shift in relations between the two countries who have been at loggerheads under the Obama administration. Keep reading
Excerpted From The Hill: President-elect Donald Trump accepted congratulations on his White House win from Vladimir Putin on Monday and told the Russian leader he looked forward to a “strong and enduring” relationship with Russia and its people.
A statement from Trump’s transition team said the two leaders discussed “a range of issues including the threats and challenges facing the United States and Russia, strategic economic issues and the historical U.S.-Russia relationship that dates back over 200 years.”
The Kremlin said the two leaders “agreed to assess the current very poor state of Russian-American relations, but also spoke in favor of active joint work to their normalization … in the direction of constructive cooperation on a wide range of issues,” according to a statement.
“[They] underlined, in particular, the importance of creating a solid foundation of bilateral ties through the development of their trade and economic component,” the statement said. Keep reading