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U.S. President Donald Trump called Russian President Vladimir Putin and congratulated him on winning his fourth term as president of Russia. The White House said the two leaders had a very good call and could meet again in the near future.
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“Donald Trump congratulated Vladimir Putin on his winning the presidential elections,” the Kremlin said, reported Russian state news agency TASS.
“In general, the conversation was constructive and businesslike and focused on overcoming the problems that have accumulated in Russian-US relations.”
“The sides agreed to develop further bilateral contacts, including in the context of reshuffles in the US State Department. Special attention was focused on the issue of a possible top-level meeting…The two leaders spoke out in favor of developing practical cooperation in various areas, including in ensuring strategic stability and combating international terrorism. In particular, they stressed the importance of concerted efforts to curb the arms race,” the press service said, adding that the leaders “demonstrated interest in boosting” economic cooperation, with a special focus made on the energy sector.
“The two leaders discussed Syria-related topics and the Ukrainian crisis,” the Kremlin said. “Both sides noted the importance of swift progress in their settlement.”
Apart from that, the two leaders “expressed satisfaction over the reduction of tension around the Korean Peninsula and stressed the necessity to continue consistent efforts to resolve the situation by peaceful, diplomatic means,” wrote TASS.
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“Trump offered highlights from what he called a “very good call” with Putin. He said he wants to meet with Putin in the “not too distant future” to discuss the “arms race” between Russia and the U.S.,” reported Associated Press.