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BREAKING: Vladimir Putin spoke with President-elect Donald Trump

The scheduled phone conversation with Russian President Vladimir Putin of which Donald Trump spoke of during his interview to The Wall Street Journal has finally come to fruition on Monday, according to a Kremlin press release.

The Russian leader once again congratulated Donald Trump on his victory in the presidential election and wished him success in the implementation of his campaign promises. Putin also reiterated Russia’s willingness to build a partnership dialogue with the new US administration on the principles of equality, mutual respect and non-interference in each other’s internal affairs.

Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump both recognized that the current state of US-Russia relations in unacceptably poor. They spoke in favor of actively working towards their normalization and constructive cooperation on a wide range of issues. In particular, they emphasized the importance of creating a solid foundation for bilateral ties through the development of US-Russia trade and economic links.

Both leaders also noted that next year marks the 210 year anniversary since the establishment of diplomatic relations between Russia and the United States, which in itself should stimulate a return to pragmatic and mutually beneficial cooperation that would meet the interests of both countries, as well as promote stability and security throughout the world.

Trump and Putin shared a common vision for joint efforts in the fight against international terrorism and extremism. And in this regard, the settlement of the Syrian crisis was also discussed.

Lastly, both have agreed to continue their dialogue over the phone, and have instructed their staff to work towards setting up a face-to-face meeting.

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