Saturday’s telephone conversation between Russian President Vladimir Putin and US President Donald Trump set a new tone for their countries’ relations, releasing them from their current deadlock, Russian political analyst Dmitry Badovsky told RIA Novosti.
In an interview with RIA Novosti, Dmitry Badovsky of the Moscow-based Institute of Socio-Economic and Political Studies Foundation lauded Saturday’s phone conversation between Russian President Vladimir Putin and US President Donald Trump as something that will help resolve the current strain in ties between Moscow and Washington.
On January 28, Donald Trump called Vladimir Putin for the first time since his inauguration in Washington, DC on January 20.
During the phone conversation, the two Presidents discussed improving cooperation between their countries in the fight against terrorism and the importance of rebuilding bilateral trade and economic ties.
“It is obvious that a new tone has been set in bilateral relations. Even in the characteristically vague and general wording of the press releases on the results of the conversation, one can see a real desire to move bilateral ties away from the sad state they were in under the Obama Administration,” Dmitry Badovsky said.
He was echoed by Konstantin Kosachev, head of the Russian Upper House’s International Affairs Committee, who remained upbeat about the results of the Saturday phone conversation between Putin and Trump.
“Yesterday’s conversation was supposed to return content and meaning to the Russian-American dialogue, something that really happened,” Kosachev was quoted by RIA Novosti as saying.
He specifically drew attention to the fact that the two leaders touched upon “practically all” of the topics of mutual interest during the conversation.
“I would like to hope for mutual interest, not only the Russian side’s, in shifting to a new type of relationship,” Kosachev said.
Moscow sees Washington as its most important partner in fighting international terrorism, Putin told Trump, according to the Kremlin’s official statements on the conversation.
Source: RIA Novosti