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Russian President Vladimir Putin, speaking at a news conference with U.S. President Donald Trump, declared the ‘Cold War was over… and the summit was a success.
“Negotiations with Trump took place in an open and constructive atmosphere, I find them rather successful and useful,” said the Russian president.
“It is obvious to everyone that international relations live through a difficult period. The Cold War has ended a long time ago, the situation in the world has drastically changed. Russia and the United States are now facing totally different challenges.”
[The meeting marked] “an acceptable level of trust and go back to previous level of interaction on all mutual interest issues”.
“As far as Syria is concerned the task of establishing peace and reconciliation in this country could be the first showcase example of successful joint work.”
Trump responded, “We made the first steps towards a brighter future, grounded on cooperation and peace. Refusing to engage will not accomplish anything.
“The disagreements between our two countries are well-known and president Putin and I discussed them at length today.
“Even during the tensions of the Cold War, when the world looked much different than it does today, Russia and the US were able to maintain a strong dialogue.
“Our relationship has never been worse than it is now. However, that changed. As of about four hours ago. This was a very constructive day, a very constructive few hours we spent together. I’m sure we’ll be meeting again in the future, often.”
— Fox News (@FoxNews) July 16, 2018