Putin, Trump Stress Importance of Limiting Arms Race in Phone Call – Kremlin
US President Donald Trump has congratulated Vladimir Putin on his win in Sunday’s presidential election in Russia. In addition, the presidents held a phone conversation on a number of burning issues in world politics.
On Russia-US Relations
“The presidents spoke in favor of developing a practical interaction in various areas, including the issues of strategic stability and combating international terrorism. In particular, the sides emphasized the importance of coordinated efforts in limiting the arms race,” Kremlin said, commenting the phone conversation held by Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin.
Trump congratulated Vladimir Putin on his victory in the presidential elections in Russia. The phone conversation took place at the initiative of the American side, according to Moscow.
Kremlin characterized the conversation as “constructive” and “focused on addressing the problems in Russia-US relations.”
During the phone call the agreement to develop further bilateral contacts was reached, taking into consideration a major reshuffle in the US State Department, Moscow noted, referring to the recent dismissal of Rex Tillerson from the post of State Secretary. Special attention was payed to the discussion of possible Russia-US summit.
On North Korea
Both presidents expressed their satisfaction with a certain decrease of tensions on the Korean peninsula, the Kremlin’s press service said. In addition, Putin and Trump stressed the necessity to resolve the nuclear crisis by diplomatic means.
Recently, positive developments began to show on the Korean peninsula. Earlier in March, US President Donald Trump accepted the invitation to meet with Kim by the end of May following months of heightened tensions and exchanges of frequent military threats between the two leaders. Donald Trump said later that he expected “tremendous success” in solving the North Korean issue, saying that he expected Pyongyang to cease its ballistic missile and nuclear tests as well as denuclearize.
Russia welcomed planned contacts between the US and North Korea, however, some disagreements on the issue still remain between Moscow and Washington. On March 16, the US blocked a statement in support of the Korean peace process proposed by Russia and China at the UN Security Council (UNSC), which prompted Russia’s bafflement. Aftrewards, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said he was not ruling out that there would be no common position on the North Korea policy in the US after the departure of Rex Tillerson as secretary of state.
On Ukraine and Syria
The presidents also touched upon Syria and Ukraine in a telephone conversation, the Kremlin’s press service reported.
“The Syrian problem and the Ukrainian crisis were discussed. Both sides noted the necessity to seek progress in the settlement process,” Kremlin’s statement reads.
Putin and Trump exchanged views on the issues of economic cooperation as well as mentioned the energy sector.