sabato 28 gennaio 2017
VLADIMIR PUTIN - DONALD TRUMP.... Russian President Vladimir Putin has had his first telephone conversation with newly inaugurated US President Donald Trump. They spoke of joint efforts in battling the major threat of international terrorism, the Kremlin said in an official statement. “The Presidents have spoken in favor of establishing a real coordination between the US and Russian actions in order to defeat ISIS and other terrorist organizations in Syria,” the statement said.....
Russian President Vladimir Putin has had his first telephone conversation with newly inaugurated US President Donald Trump. They spoke of joint efforts in battling the major threat of international terrorism, the Kremlin said in an official statement.
“The Presidents have spoken in favor of establishing a real coordination between the US and Russian actions in order to defeat ISIS and other terrorist organizations in Syria,” the statement said.
The leaders have also discussed a number of other issues, including the Middle East situation, the Arab-Israeli conflict as well as Iran’s nuclear program.
“Major aspects of the Ukrainian crisis have been also touched upon,” Kremlin announced.
On Friday, speaking at a joint briefing with British Prime Minister Theresa May, Trump said he hoped he would have a “fantastic relationship” with Russia’s president, but understands that might not happen.
Trump has said previously that he would welcome Moscow’s involvement in a joint effort to battle Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL).
“I don’t know Putin, but if we can get along with Russia that’s a great thing. It’s good for Russia; it’s good for us; we go out together and knock the hell out of ISIS, because that’s a real sickness,” he said in an interview with Fox News.
Moscow, for its part, has repeatedly suggested fostering closer cooperation between the Russian and US Air Forces in Syria, but blamed the previous Obama administration for failing to adequately respond to its entreaties.
Relations between the two countries have been marred in recent years over various issues, including divisions on the Syrian crisis and allegations of Russian meddling into the US elections in November of 2016.
One of the major topics considered ahead of the Trump-Putin phone call was whether the White House was going to lift US sanctions on Russia that were imposed over the crisis in Ukraine.
Citing an unnamed source in the White House, a researcher at the Atlantic Council analytical center, Fabrice Pothier, wrote in a Twitter post on Thursday that the Trump administration “has an executive order ready” to lift the restrictions on Moscow, but Trump said on Friday that it is “very early to be talking about that.”
However, earlier in January, Trump said that he would consider lifting restrictions if Moscow cooperates with Washington on certain issues, such as nuclear arms reduction.
“They have sanctions on Russia — let’s see if we can make some good deals with Russia. For one thing, I think nuclear weapons should be way down and reduced very substantially, that’s part of it,”Trump was quoted as saying by the Times.
Trump also said in one of his Tweets that “having a good relationship with Russia is a good thing, not a bad thing,” warning only “fools”would think otherwise. However, several US Senators proposed a bill last week that would make it impossible for the US President to lift restrictions without congressional approval.
Russia has been cautious about the prospects for a potential “reset”with the US under the new administration. Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov said the country has no “naive expectations” and is under no “illusions.”