After President Trump had a busy day signing executive orders for a middle East immigration ban to stop people from entering The United States from specific countries, he had a conversation via telephone, with Russian President Vladimir Putin. The conversation lasted for about 45 minutes. It was one of five calls with foreign leaders Trump had scheduled for the day.
Moscow sees Washington as its most important partner in fighting international terrorism, Putin told Trump, according to the Kremlin’s official statements on the conversation. Both leaders reportedly supported the idea of improving “real coordination” between their nations in the fight against Daesh and other terrorist groups active in Syria.
Trump and Putin also expressed their willingness to work together to “develop and stabilize” US-Russia interaction and assured each other that their nations’ citizens view the other’s positively.
In addition, the two world leaders discussed Iran’s nuclear program, the Arab-Israeli conflict, the situation on the Korean peninsula, and the conflicts in Syria and Ukraine, the Kremlin reports, as well as nonproliferation issues.
Trump and Putin are expected to speak again to discuss possible dates and places for a face-to-face meeting.
Trump also had scheduled calls with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Francois Hollande, Australian Prime Minister Malcom Turnbull and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.