The presidents of Russia and the United States, Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump, had a telephone conversation.
The conversation of the heads of state lasted almost an hour and a half. The Kremlin noted that the conversation took place on the initiative of Washington.
According to White House spokesperson Sarah Sanders, the leaders talked a great deal about the DPRK.
The Russian president told Trump about the outcome of the talks with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, which was held in Vladivostok last week. Putin stressed that the faithful fulfillment of the DPRK obligations must be accompanied by reciprocal steps.
In turn, Trump called on the Russian president to put pressure on North Korea for denuclearization.
At the same time, the parties noted the importance of consistently moving along the path of denuclearization and achieving long-term normalization on the Korean Peninsula.
Touching on the situation in Venezuela, the Russian president stressed that interference in internal affairs and attempts at forceful change of power undermine a political settlement.
The American leader, according to the representative of the White House, “made it clear that the United States supports the Venezuelan people.”
The parties also raised the Ukrainian question. In particular, Putin noted that the new Kiev authorities need to take real steps to implement the Minsk agreements.
The presidents reaffirmed their mutual intention to intensify the dialogue in various fields, including on issues of strategic stability.
Thus, the parties touched upon the possibility of concluding a new nuclear agreement between Russia, the United States and China, as well as the extension of the existing agreement on strategic and offensive arms.
Putin and the US president also discussed trade between countries, which, according to Sanders, has increased under Trump.
According to the Federal Customs Service, in 2018, Russia’s trade with the United States amounted to about $ 25 billion, an increase of almost eight percent compared with 2017.
In addition, the presidents briefly discussed the Muller report in the context of the end of the investigation and the absence of collusion.
Summarizing, the Kremlin noted that Putin and Trump expressed satisfaction with the successful business and constructive conversation. The parties also agreed to continue contacts at various levels. The White House, in turn, called the talks of the leaders of the two countries positive.