President Trump and Russian President Putin spoke engaged in a phone conversation on Tuesday, their first direct communication since the cruise missile strike on Syria in early April. Both the White House and Kremlin characterized the exchange, which included discussions over North Korea and fighting Islamic terrorism throughout the Middle East as being productive.
A senior Trump official said it was President Putin who initiated the contact as an effort to present his ideas for Syria. Moving beyond the recent tensions, the White House said the two leaders agreed that “all parties must do all they can to end the violence” in Syria.
A White House statement read, “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.” The establishment of safe zones for Syrian refugees inside Syria and in the region, paid for by the Gulf states was a frequent topic addressed by the President during his 2016 campaign.
President Trump has long expressed a willingness to work with Russia on combating ISIS and Islamic terrorism in general and was open to a normalizing warming of relations between the two countries, something the Democrats and war-mongering establishment has done everything within their power to prevent.
Suddenly, with the revelations that Susan Rice was spying on the Trump team and it becoming more obvious that the Russian story was a hoax to provide cover, the false outrage of the left over unproven “Russian meddling,” which was used to create friction has gone largely silent.
The White House also announced that they would be sending a representative acting Assistant Secretary for Near Eastern Affairs Stuart Jones to Syria ceasefire talks in Astana, Kazakhstan, on Wednesday and Thursday. It is being characterized as the United States taking the Astana talks more seriously. Previously, the U.S. ambassador to Kazakhstan, George Krol, had attended as an observer.
In their reporting on the communications, the Kremlin said the two presidents had agreed to accelerate the dialogue and process for seeking a substantive ceasefire. They stated, “The aim is to create the conditions for the launch for a real resolution process in Syria. This means that the Russian foreign minister and U.S. secretary of state will effectively inform the leaders about progress in this direction.”
The White House also affirmed the conversation included the topic of Kim Jong-un stating that they “spoke about how best to resolve the very dangerous situation in North Korea.”
The Kremlin stated, “The dangerous situation on the Korean peninsula was discussed in detail. Vladimir Putin called for restraint and for the level of tension to be reduced.” They also revealed that Putin and Trump had discussed getting together on the sidelines of the G20 for their first face-to-face meeting in Hamburg, July 7th and 8th.
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