President-elect Donald Trump’s transition team says he has spoken with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Trump’s advisers say the two leaders discussed a “range of issues including the threats and challenges facing the United States and Russia,” along with economic issues and the U.S-Russian relationship.
Trump’s transition team says that Trump told Putin he looks forward to “a strong and enduring relationship with Russia and the people of Russia.”
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In a statement issued after the Monday call, Kremlin says that Putin expressed readiness to establish a “partner-like” dialogue with Trump’s incoming administration.
The Kremlin says that Putin and Trump agreed that U.S.-Russian ties are “unsatisfactory” and spoke for joint efforts to normalize them and engage in a “constructive cooperation on a broad range of issues.”
The Kremlin adds that they also agreed on the need to combine efforts in the fight against the No. 1 enemy — international terrorism and extremism.”
The Kremlin says they discussed the settlement of the Syrian crisis in that context.
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Trump repeatedly came under fire during the election for his alleged ties to Russia and appeals to Russian hackers.