The President of Russia Vladimir Putin held a telephone conversation with the newly elected President of the United States Donald trump, according to statements from the transition team trump and the Kremlin.
Putin "has sent his congratulations on the occasion of the victory on historic election". The two leaders discussed issues, including common threats, strategic and economic issues historic U.S.-Russian relations.
The two men also talked about the work on the normalization of relations between the two countries and stressed the importance of establishing a framework of bilateral ties through trade, the Kremlin said. They also discussed the need for "joint efforts in the fight against the common enemy N 1" - international terrorism and extremism. Trump praised Putin as a strong leader.
Earlier American officials accused Moscow of meddling in the election due to the democratic break-in email campaign to undermine the candidacy of Hillary Clinton. During the campaign, trump has been criticized for the fact that he claimed that Putin "is not going to Ukraine," two years after the invasion of the Crimea. He later clarified that he would not allow the invasion as President.
The President-elect also questioned the relevance of NATO. However, on Monday, in his first press conference after the election trump, ex-US President Barack Obama said that trump told him that he is committed to NATO.
Last week, Putin's press Secretary Dmitry Peskov told CNN that he hopes that trump will contribute to improving relations between Washington and Moscow.