Thursday, 4 May 2017

Stephen Cohen on Trump-Putin telephone call

Trump and Putin chat Detente: What can go wrong and why

Stephen F. Cohen, @nyu@princeton

Trump and Putin chat Detente: What can go wrong and why. Stephen F. Cohen, @nyu @princeton

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin discussed working together to end the violence in Syria on Tuesday in their first phone call since U.S. air strikes in Syria strained U.S.-Russian relations.

The White House said the two leaders agreed that "all parties must do all they can to end the violence" in Syria and that Trump and Putin also discussed working together against Islamic militants throughout the Middle East.

"The conversation was a very good one, and included the discussion of safe, or de-escalation, zones to achieve lasting peace for humanitarian and many other reasons," a White House statement said.

Both men also spoke in favor of organizing a face-to-face meeting around the time of the G20 summit in Hamburg in July, according to the Kremlin statement. However, this was not mentioned in the White House's summary of the call.

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