Trump, Putin 'will mend US-Russia ties'
US President-elect Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin will try to “normalise US-Russia ties”, the Kremlin has said, following a phone conversation between the two.
Russian President Vladimir Putin called US President-elect Donald Trump Monday to offer his congratulations on winning a historic election.
The two men also spoke about working to normalize relations between the two countries and emphasized the importance of creating a foundation of bilateral ties through trade, the Kremlin said. They also discussed the need for “joint efforts in the fight against common enemy No. 1” — international terrorism and extremism.
During the campaign, Trump was criticized for saying that Putin “is not going into Ukraine,” two years after the invasion of Crimea. He later claimed that he meant as President he would not allow further incursions.
The President-elect also made a habit of questioning NATO’s relevance, a departure from over 60 years of bipartisan foreign policy. Putin has been a long time critic of the alliance’s expansion into eastern Europe.
However, on Monday, in his first news conference after Trump’s election, President Barack Obama said that Trump had told him he was committed to NATO.
Last week, Putin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told that he hoped Trump would help improve relations between Washington and Moscow.