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Putin and Trump in phone call for the first time

Putin and Trump in phone call for the first timeRussian leader offered congratulations on winning "a historic election" to President-elect Trump stressing cooperation between two countries.

Vladimir Putin and the US president-elect Donald Trump had the first time phone call on Monday, with the Russian president eager to develop bilateral cooperation.

According to a Kremlin summary of the phone call, 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”.

A statement from 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.”
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