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Read what Russia had to say about Vladimir Putin’s chat with President Trump

President Trump speaks with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Saturday. (Michael Reynolds/EPA)
President Trump speaks with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Saturday. (Michael Reynolds/EPA)

For years Moscow has complained that Washington does not treat it as an equal. But in a statement released after President Trump and Russian Vladimir Putin talked by phone for the first time , the tone was decidedly upbeat.

Here’s the Russian government’s statement on the phone call:

“During the meeting, both sides had shown a disposition to actively work together on stabilization and development of Russian-American interaction -- in a constructive, equal and mutually beneficial basis.

“They discussed in detail such current international issues as the fight against terrorism, the situation in the Middle East, the Arab-Israeli conflict, the sphere of strategic stability and [nuclear] non-proliferation, the situation around the Iranian nuclear program and the Korean Peninsula. They also touched upon the main aspects of the crisis in Ukraine.

“It was agreed to establish a partnership in all these and other areas. They also highlighted the priority of joint efforts in the fight against the main threat -- international terrorism.

"The presidents called for establishment of a real coordination of U.S. and Russian actions to defeat the Islamic State and other terrorist groups in Syria. Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump agreed to organize a possible date and venue for their personal meeting. The leaders agreed to maintain regular personal contacts. The conversation was held in a positive and businesslike manner."

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