Obama to visit Russia to help improve ties: Kremlin
MOSCOW (AFP) - United States (US) President Barack Obama on Tuesday accepted an invitation to visit Russia after agreeing to advance Washington's relations with Moscow following a tense year-long diplomatic spell.
The Kremlin said the US president and his counterpart Vladimir Putin shared a warm telephone conversation during which the Russian leader once again congratulated Mr Obama with his re-election to a second term.
"The presidents confirmed their desire to advance bilateral relations in all areas, including the economic component," Russian news agencies quoted Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov as saying.
"Putin also wished his colleague luck in forming his new team" and invited Mr Obama to pay a formal visit to Russia, the spokesman said.