Putin, Trump speak by phone, aim for constructive cooperation: Kremlin

Painted Matryoshka dolls, or Russian nesting dolls, bearing the faces of US Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Francois Hollande and Russian President Vladimir Putin are displayed for sale
Painted Matryoshka dolls, or Russian nesting dolls, bearing the faces of US Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Francois Hollande and Russian President Vladimir Putin are displayed for sale in Russia. PHOTO: REUTERS

MOSCOW (REUTERS) - Russian President Vladimir Putin and US President-elect Donald Trump on Monday (Nov 14) agreed to work towards "constructive cooperation", including on fighting terrorism, the Kremlin said.

In their first phone call since Trump won the Nov 8 election, they agreed to "channel" relations between Russia and the United States and "combine efforts to tackle international terrorism and extremism".

"The importance of creating a solid basis for bilateral ties was underscored, in particularly by developing the trade-economic component," the Kremlin said in its statement.

It added that the countries should "return to pragmatic, mutually beneficial cooperation, which would address the interests of both countries as well as stability and safety the world over."

 

The two men will maintain contact by phone and seek to meet each other in person, the statement said.

Trump will take office on Jan 20, replacing Barack Obama whose relations with Putin have become tense over various issues including Syria and Ukraine.