President-elect Donald Trump’s transition team says he has spoken with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Trump’s advisers say the two leaders discussed a “range of issues including the threats and challenges facing the United States and Russia,” along with economic issues and the U.S-Russian relationship.
Trump’s transition team says that Trump told Putin he looks forward to “a strong and enduring relationship with Russia and the people of Russia.”
In a statement issued after the Monday call, Kremlin says that Putin expressed readiness to establish a “partner-like” dialogue with Trump’s incoming administration.
The Kremlin says that Putin and Trump agreed that U.S.-Russian ties are “unsatisfactory” and spoke for joint efforts to normalize them and engage in a “constructive cooperation on a broad range of issues.”
The Kremlin adds that they also agreed on the need to combine efforts in the fight against the No. 1 enemy — international terrorism and extremism.”
The Kremlin says they discussed the settlement of the Syrian crisis in that context.
Trump repeatedly came under fire during the election for his alleged ties to Russia and appeals to Russian hackers.