President-elect Donald Trump and Russian leader Vladimir Putin have vowed to tackle ISIS together after holding breakthrough talks on the telephone. Less than a week after the billionaire’s election, the Kremlin said Putin called Trump yesterday to begin negotiations over how best to tackle to terrorism.
The Russian is reported to have said he is ready for dialogue with the US “on the basis of mutual respect, non-intervention into each other’s internal affairs”. According to the news agency Kremlin, Putin and Trump have agreed to “to combine efforts to tackle international terrorism and extremism, and to continue contact by telephone and to work towards meeting in person”.
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 call is a marked shift in relations between the two countries who have been at loggerheads under the Obama administration.
Trump will take office on January 20, replacing Obama, whose relations with Putin have become tense over various issues including Syria and Ukraine. In a statement, Trump’s office said: “President-elect Trump noted to President Putin that he is very much looking forward to having a strong and enduring relationship with Russia and the people of Russia.”