The Kremlin says Russia’s Vladimir Putin and President Donald Trump have agreed to work closely together and boost ties between the powers.
That’s the message after the leaders spoke by telephone on Saturday. It’s their first official contact since Trump took office.
A Kremlin statement says “both sides showed their readiness for active, joint work to stabilize and develop Russian-American cooperation.”
There is no immediate comment from the White House.
The Kremlin says Putin and Trump will maintain “regular personal contact” and begin preparations for a face-to-face meeting.
The Kremlin has applauded Trump’s promises to rebuild U.S.-Russian relations. They’ve been pushed to their worst level since the Cold War by the Ukraine crisis, war in Syria and allegations of Russian meddling in U.S. elections.