US President-elect Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin have held their first telephone call.
The Syrian War and improving bilateral relations between the two countries was the focus of discussion.
The USA are currently leading a sanctions campaign against Russia for its annexation of Crimea.
The two leaders agreed that they share a common view on “uniting efforts in the fight with the common enemy number one – international terrorism and extremism,” the Kremlin said in a statement published on its website late Monday.
Trump has been a vocal critic of the US involvement in Middle Eastern affairs and has expressed interest during his presidential election campaign to eliminate ISIS and stop support for other terrorist groups that the US deem as moderate opposition.
Trump and Putin agreed to “constructive cooperation” to develop trade and economic ties between the two countries and agreed to remain in contact by telephone and have discussed the idea of meeting in person, the Kremlin said.
Next year, Russia and the US will celebrate 210 years since the beginning of their diplomatic relations, which might motivate them “reversing towards pragmatic, mutually beneficial cooperation that would satisfy the interests of both countries, promote stability and safety around the world,” the statement also says.