Trump, Putin speak about future of US-Russia ties

President-elect Donald Trump (l) and Russian President Vladimir Putin (r)

NEW YORK — Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke by telephone with US President-elect Donald Trump Monday, according to statements from the Trump transition team and the Kremlin.

Putin “called to offer his congratulations on winning a historic election,” according to a Trump statement. The two leaders discussed issues including shared threats, strategic economic issues and the historical US-Russia relationship.

The two men also spoke about working to normalize relations between the two countries and emphasized the importance of creating a foundation of bilateral ties through trade, the Kremlin said. They also discussed the need for “joint efforts in the fight against common enemy No. 1”: international terrorism and extremism.