Putin and Trump discuss mending relations over phone

In phone call, Russian President Vladimir Putin congratulated President-elect Donald Trump and discussed with him the Syrian war as well as mending ties between the two countries after the recent tensions.
US-Russian relations warm up Photo Credit: Reuters/Channel 2 News

Close to a week after the US election, Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke with President-elect Donald Trump over the phone. According to the Kremlin, the two agreed to stay in communication ahead of an official meeting to be scheduled. The Russian President expressed that he is ready to “establish a partner-like dialogue with the new administration on the basis of equality, mutual respect and non-interference in domestic relations.”

Trump will be sworn into office this coming January 20th, marking the end of President Barack Obama’s eight-year administration. During this time, a growing tension between Russia and the US developed primarily over Russia’s military conflict in Ukraine and the Syrian civil war.

Trump criticized Obama’s foreign policy, specifically on the increasingly tense relations with Russia. This past weekend, JOL News reported that Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov told reporters that the Kremlin was in contact with Trump’s campaign well before the election and hopes that this connection will only strengthen after the election.

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