Putin helps Obama celebrate nation’s independence

This Saturday America not only celebrated their independence, but also saw a thawing of relations between the U.S. and Russia. During the country’s Independence Day celebrations Russian leader Vladimir Putin took the time to reach out to President Obama and stress the importance of the relationship between the two world powers.

“Russian-American relations remain the most important factor of international stability and security,” Putin told Obama, according to CNN.

The Russian president also expressed his belief that the two nations can work together to effectively confront global threats and international issues. He also stressed that he thinks they can find common ground based on their “principles of equality and respect of each other’s interests.”

The two also spoke last week concerning the Iran nuclear negotiations. Each leader finds it important to continue to work on the P5+1 unity discussions and the prevention of Iran obtaining a nuclear weapon.

President Obama for his part also took the opportunity to discuss the ongoing Ukrainian conflict. He was able to express his concern with Russia continuing to support eastern Ukrainian separatists.

“President Obama reiterated the need for Russia to fulfill its commitments under the Minsk agreements, including the removal of all Russian troops and equipment from Ukrainian territory,” the White House said at the time.

With the recent increase of conversation between the two nations, it seems that both world leaders understand the importance of their cooperation in the ever-changing world of global politics.

[The Hill]