On November 14, President-elect Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin held a first conversation over the phone. Two official accounts of the discussion have since been issued, one by the Trump organization and one by the Kremlin. Herewith the texts of each:
Readout Of President-Elect Donald J. Trump’s Phone Call With Russian President Vladimir Putin
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.
Telephone conversation with US President-elect Donald Trump
(Moscow) – As agreed in advance by both sides, Vladimir Putin had a telephone conversation with US President-elect Donald Trump.
During the conversation Mr. Putin and Mr. Trump not only agreed on the absolutely unsatisfactory state of bilateral relations but also expressed support for active joint efforts to normalise relations and pursue constructive cooperation on the broadest possible range of issues. They emphasised the importance of establishing a reliable foundation for bilateral ties by developing the trade and economic component.
Both leaders noted that next year it will be 210 years since the establishment of diplomatic relations between Russia and the United States, which itself should encourage a return to pragmatic, mutually beneficial cooperation in the interests of both countries, as well as global stability and security.
Mr. Putin and Mr. Trump both spoke of the need to work together in the struggle against the number one common enemy – international terrorism and extremism. In this context, they discussed issues related to solving the crisis in Syria.
It was agreed to maintain contact by phone and arrange a meeting in person in the future, with preparations to be conducted by representatives of both sides.
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