Trump talks to Putin
In a call for the first time, Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke with United States President-elect Donald Trump, as both sides emphasizes on the potential for bilateral cooperation.
In a statement from Kremlin following the phone call, it was said that Putin said he was ready for “a dialogue of partnership with the new administration based on the principles of equality, mutual respect and non-interference in the internal affairs of each other.”
While Trump’s transition team said Putin offered congratulations on winning a “historic election.” “During the call, the two leaders discussed a range of issues including the threats and challenges facing the United States and Russia, strategic economic issues and the historical US-Russia relationship that dates back over 200 years,” the statement said.
“President-elect Trump noted to President Putin that he is very much looking forward to having a strong and enduring relationship with Russia and the people of Russia.”
The world leaders watched US election result with confusion and horror, while Russia hopes a Trump presidency will mean less lecturing from the west and a freer hand to act as it pleases in Ukraine and Syria. Dmitry Peskov, Putin’s spokesman said the two leaders shared a “phenomenally similar” outlook on foreign policy.
In relation to Trump’s campaign promises, Putin “wished him success in implementing his campaign promises,” while the world hopes his promises would fall through.
Reportedly, Putin will also have taken heart from Trump’s suggestion that he could move US focus in Syria away from removing President Bashar Assad, and back Russia’s bombing raids, which have often appeared to target moderate opposition to the Syrian regime more than Isis.
“Putin and Trump shared the opinion that it is necessary to join forces against the common enemy number one: international terrorism and extremism. In this spirit, the question of regulating the conflict in Syria was also discussed,” said the Kremlin statement.
The two men had reportedly agreed to keep in touch via telephone and asked their management’s to begin planning for an in-person meeting.
The Kremlin has on numerous occasions accused the Obama administration of attempting to foment dissent in Russia, and of interfering in the countries that border it, notably Ukraine. Meanwhile US officials directly accused Russia of attempting to interfere in the election in favour of Trump, by hacking Democratic party servers. Putin has denied any interference.