On November 14, Vladimir Putin, the President of the Russian Federation contacted his future colleague, the 45th President of the United States, Donald Trump by telephone by mutual agreement, the Presidential Administration of Russia reported.
According to the Kremlin’s website, Putin and Trump agreed on the extremely poor current state of U.S.-Russian relations. They also favored active joint work towards normalization of these relations and working towards constructive cooperation.
According to Putin’s press service, both parties agreed on the need to unite efforts in the fight against common enemy number one: international terrorism and extremism. “The issues on the settlement of the crisis in Syria were discussed in this vein,” the statement said.
According to the data from Trump’s inner circle, a number of issues was raised during the telephone conversation with Putin. They discussed global threats and demands that both countries face. Trump’s representative emphasized that the President-elect of the United States intends to strengthen relations with Russia over the long term.
Putin and Trump decided to continue communicating over the phone and to hold a face-to-face meeting, which will be prepared by the representatives of Russia and the United States. The President of the Russian Federation also said that he is ready to build a partnership dialogue with Washington on the principle of non-interference in each other’s domestic affairs.
On November 13, Trump’s advisor, Rudy Giuliani, stated that the 45th President of the United States will negotiate with Russian President Vladimir Putin from a position of strength and will not withdraw NATO troops from the Russian borders. Donald Trump will take office as the President of the United States on January 21.