White House, Kremlin say Trump, Putin agree on mutual cooperation

In a much-anticipated phone call Saturday, one of five put in to world leaders Saturday which may signal the ushering in of a new era of improved relations between the the U.S. and the Kremlin, President Trump held his first conversation with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Paramount in their hour-long discussion was agreeing on joint measures to crush radical Islamist terrorism, in particular the menace of ISIS.  The pair agreed on “coordination” to defeat the terror group.

“Both President Trump and President Putin are hopeful that after today’s call the two sides can move quickly to tackle terrorism and other important issues of mutual concern,” read a short White House statement addressing the phone call with Mr. Putin.

A statement released by the Kremlin described the exchange “took place in a positive and constructive atmosphere.”

“For over two centuries Russia has supported the United States, was its ally during the two world wars, and now sees the United States as a major partner in fighting international terrorism,” Putin told Trump, according to the Kremlin.

Apart from fighting terrorist groups, the two men also agreed on wide range of bi-lateral and global issues in Syria, the remainder of the Middle East including the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, North Korea’s crash nuclear program, nuclear-weapons proliferation and Iranian attempts to become a nuclear state.

Both the White House and the Kremlin’s statements indicated Trump and Putin did broach the delicate subject of Ukraine and Russian support for separatists in Ukraine; however, no mention in either statement outlining their conversation described the easing of American sanctions imposed on Russia.

According to statements issued by both the White House and the Kremlin, the conversation appeared cheerful and one in which both men exchanged warm greetings and expressed goodwill toward each other’s citizens.

The two men also agreed to maintain regular contact and to schedule a face-to-face meeting in the near future.

 

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