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U.S. President-elect Donald Trump spoke Monday by phone with Russian President Vladimir Putin, according to a statement released by the Trump transition team.

“During the call the two leaders discussed a range of issues, including the threats and challenges facing the United States and Russia, strategic economic issues and the historical U.S.-Russia relationship that dates back over 200 years,” the Trump team said.


Both men agreed to set up a face-to-face meeting soon, according to the Trump team, and also according to the Kremlin, which released a separate statement.

Putin congratulated Trump, the Kremlin said in its statement, adding a pledge to build “dialogue with the new administration on the principles of equality, mutual respect and non-interference in the internal affairs of each other.”

According to the statement from the Kremlin, the two leaders “agreed to assess the current very poor state of Russian-American relations” and “agreed to continue contacts on the phone and in the future to provide for a personal meeting.”


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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for, and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.