Trump Tells Putin He Looks Forward To ‘Strong And Enduring’ Relationship

AP

President-elect Donald Trump told Russian President Vladimir Putin in a Monday phone call that he looked forward to a “strong and enduring” relationship with Russia.

President-elect Donald Trump’s transition team released a readout Monday afternoon of Trump’s call with 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,” the campaign wrote.

The Kremlin said Putin expressed readiness to build a “partner-like” dialogue with Trump’s future administration and called for “constructive cooperation on a broad range of issues,” according to the New York Times.

According to a Reuters translation of the Kremlin’s statement, Trump and Putin agreed to “combine efforts to tackle international terrorism and extremism.”

The Kremlin called for a “return to pragmatic, mutually beneficial cooperation, which would address the interests of both countries as well as stability and safety the world over,” according to the same report.

Trump and Putin will seek to meet in person and remain in contact by phone in the meantime, as noted by Reuters.

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