Russia hopes Trump presidency will give it a free hand to do whatever Moscow considers necessary in Ukraine and Syria
US President-elect Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin discussed ways to normalize US-Russia ties in a telephone conversation on Monday, November 14, the Kremlin said in a statement.
The two leaders agreed that relations between their countries were "unsatisfactory" and pledged to work together to improve them.
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Putin called to offer his congratulations on winning a "historic election," according to a statement from Trump's team.
According to a Kremlin summary of the phone call, Putin said he was ready for "a dialogue of partnership with the new administration based on the principles of equality, mutual respect and non-interference in the internal affairs of each other".
Putin and Trump had also agreed to stay in touch by phone and arrange to meet in person later, the Kremlin added.
While many world leaders watched the US election result with confusion, Russia hopes a Trump presidency will mean less lecturing from the west and a freer hand to act as it pleases in Ukraine and Syria.
Source: The Guardian