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‘I want a strong, enduring relationship with Russia,’ Donald Trump tells Vladimir Putin

The first-ever conversation between Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump gives hope for a new era in US-Russia relations.

As was previously reported on The Duran, Russian President Vladimir Putin and US President-elect Donald Trump spoke for the first time on Monday, November 14, during a scheduled phone call.

A readout was published shortly after on GreatAgain.gov – the official website of Donald Trump’s transition team.

President-elect Donald J. Trump today spoke with President Vladimir Putin, who called to offer his congratulations on winning a historic election. During the call, 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.

President-elect Trump noted to President Putin that he is very much looking forward to having a strong and enduring relationship with Russia and the people of Russia.

Likewise, a press release published on the official website of the Kremlin offered insight into what was discussed:

The Russian President once again congratulated the US President-elect on his victory in the presidential election, wished him success in implementing his election programme and said he was ready to develop a dialogue of partnership with the new administration on the principles of equality, mutual respect and non-interference in each other’s domestic affairs.

During the conversation Mr Putin and Mr Trump not only agreed on the absolutely unsatisfactory state of bilateral relations but also expressed support for active joint efforts to normalise relations and pursue constructive cooperation on the broadest possible range of issues. They emphasised the importance of establishing a reliable foundation for bilateral ties by developing the trade and economic component.

Both leaders noted that next year it will be 210 years since the establishment of diplomatic relations between Russia and the United States, which itself should encourage a return to pragmatic, mutually beneficial cooperation in the interests of both countries, as well as global stability and security.

Mr Putin and Mr Trump both spoke of the need to work together in the struggle against the number one common enemy – international terrorism and extremism. In this context, they discussed issues related to solving the crisis in Syria.

It was agreed to maintain contact by phone and arrange a meeting in person in the future, with preparations to be conducted by representatives of both sides.

Both accounts clearly suggest that the tone of the conversation was warm and friendly, with both men reaching out to each other with gestures of goodwill and aspirations for better US-Russia relations.

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Sergey Gladysh
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