The phone call gave fresh hope to renewed relations between Russia and the US
DONALD Trump and Vladimir Putin agreed to rebuild relations between Russia and the US during a “positive call” between the two leaders on Saturday.
The White House said the two presidents were keen to achieve peace in Syria and could be set to work together to destroy the barbaric Islamic State regime.
Following an hour-long call, the future of ties between the US and Russia has received fresh hope after hitting a post-Cold War low under Barack Obama’s administration.
In a statement, the White House said: “The positive call was a significant start to improving the relationship between the United States and Russia that is in need of repair.
“Both President Trump and President Putin are hopeful that after today's call the two sides can move quickly to tackle terrorism and other important issues of mutual concern.”
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The Kremlin also gave a positive review of the historic phone call between the two heads of state, with both men keen to arrange a face-to-face meeting in the coming months.
In a statement, the Kremlin said: “The presidents spoke in favour of setting up genuine coordination between Russian and American actions with the aim of destroying Islamic State and other terrorist groups in Syria.
Trump and Putin spent around an hour on the phone in what was described as a 'positive call'
“The chat took place in a positive and business-like tone.
“Both sides demonstrated a mood for active, joint work on stabilising and developing Russian-American cooperation.”
Relations between the US and Russia suffered under the Obama administration
The statement added Putin reminded Trump “that our country has supported America for more than two centuries, was its ally in two world wars and now views the United States as its most important partner in the fight against international terrorism”.
Kremlin spokesman, Dmitri Peskov, said ahead of the call: “Of course, usually during such contacts there is an exchange of views on the main parameters of the current state of bilateral relations.”
Putin was pictured at a Russian Security Council meeting earlier today
The outspoken billionaire has indicated his administration may herald a thawing in relations between the two superpowers, and his team have recently said that Russian sanctions are “under consideration”.
However, sanctions were not discussed during the phone call.