Describing the phone call as a “positive” exchange, the Kremlin said the two leaders discussed a number of subjects, including the peace efforts between Israelis and Palestinians and the conflict in Ukraine. Other issues reportedly included the Iranian nuclear deal and ongoing tensions on the Korean peninsula.
Russian President Vladimir Putin said in a statement that the two sides had expressed “a willingness to work actively together to stabilize and develop Russian-American cooperation on a constructive basis, as equals, and to mutual benefit,” adding that their top priority would be the fight against international terrorism.
The Kremlin further said that US President Donald Trump was hoping to organize a meeting with Putin soon.
To sanction or not to sanction
The US and Russian leaders had spoken for the first time on the phone in November 2016, just after Donald Trump’s election victory. At the time, they agreed to “normalize” relations between Moscow and Washington following tensions during the …