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Trump And Putin Agree To Maintain Dialogue And Cooperate With Syria Against ISIS

by Hayden Thomas / Jan 29, 2017 11:29 PM EST
Trump And Putin To Defeat ISIS

The relationship between the United States and Russia, which ended the stage of Barack Obama in the White House with the worst diplomatic crisis in decades, entered a new stage on Saturday. The American president, Donald Trump, and Russian, Vladimir Putin, agreed by phone to maintain "regular personal contacts" and defended the need to cooperate in Syria to defeat the self - styled terrorist group Islamic State (ISIS), as sources of the Kremlin reported.

Trump dedicated Saturday morning to a telephone diplomacy session with the world made a bundle of nerves by his policies and the isolationist and protectionist turn that they draw for the United States, the richest and most powerful country on the planet. With the harsh order against refugees from six newly approved Muslim countries, the president also spoke with Japanese leaders, Shinzo Abe, Germany, Angela Merkel, and France, François Hollande.

But the expectation of the day was centered on Putin, with whom the new American president has shown an unusual, especially striking proximity in the United States now that the intelligence services have accused Moscow of instigating a cyberspace plan to influence the presidential elections In favor of the New York businessman. Closeness to Russia brings its own party, the Republican, to the forefront, and stirs up the uneasiness among European allies over sanctions stemming from the conflict in Ukraine. In addition, Obama imposed sanctions and expelled several diplomats in the final stretch of his term in retaliation for the espionage case. The future of these measures is also at stake right now.

In the talk, the first since the New York businessman became president of the United States, did not address the issue of sanctions, according to the Kremlin. Putin's first words were congratulations. Then, in the 45 minutes of the exchange of views, they discussed various international issues. Both leaders, according to the Kremlin, want to work together to stabilize and develop Russian-American relations. Moscow has not given much detail of what they talked about on these issues, but as for Syria, Trump and Putin were in favor of achieving "a true coordination of Russian and American actions in order to defeat the Islamic State and other terrorist groups "In that Arab country, the Kremlin press service reported.

The United States and Russia broke their dialogue around Syria last October, after a period in which the talks were not very fluent either. While Moscow supports the Bachar regime the Asad and Washington had accused him of crimes against the civilian population.

In addition to the Syrian problem, Trump and Putin discussed the situation in the Middle East, the Arab-Israeli conflict, the strategic stability and non-proliferation area of nuclear weapons, the Iranian nuclear issue and the Korean peninsula. They also addressed the situation in Ukraine. But the main thing for both leaders is "to join efforts in the fight against the main threat: international terrorism."

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