WASHINGTON – US President Donald Trump and his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, had a telephone conversation on Thursday, talking about how to resolve the situation in North Korea, the White House said in a statement.
The two presidents “discussed working together to resolve the very dangerous situation in North Korea,” the brief statement said.
Putin also held his traditional year-end press conference on Thursday, during which he said he saw “some major achievements,” in the White House, when he was asked about his assessment of Trump’s first year as US president.
In particular, Putin referred to the market growth as a result of “investors’ confidence in the American economy,” which “shows they believe in what President Trump is doing in this area.”
In response to Putin’s remarks, Trump thanked Putin “for acknowledging America’s strong economic performance in his annual press conference.”
During his annual press conference in Moscow, Putin also said he wanted to normalize relations with Washington, and stressed that there are many issues in which both countries can join forces, including the fight against international terrorism.
When asked about the personal relationship with his US counterpart, Putin assured that they have been in contact.