Telephone conversation with US President Donald Trump 2018-03-20 18:25:00 Vladimir Putin had a telephone conversation with President of the United States Donald Trump at the latter’s initiative. Donald Trump congratulated Vladimir Putin on his victory in the presidential election. The leaders spoke in favour of developing practical cooperation in various areas, including efforts to ensure strategic stability and combat international terrorism, with particular emphasis on the importance of coordinated efforts to curb an arms race. The exchange on economic cooperation revealed an interest in bolstering it. Energy was discussed separately. The problem of Syria was discussed, as was the internal crisis in Ukraine. There was recognition on both sides of the need to make rapid strides toward achieving settlements. Satisfaction was expressed with the limited reduction of tensions around the Korean Peninsula. The expediency of continuing consistent efforts to resolve the situation by peaceful, diplomatic means was underscored. It was agreed to develop further bilateral contacts in light of the changes in leadership at the US Department of State. The possibility of organising a top-level meeting received special attention. On the whole, the conversation was constructive and businesslike, with a focus on overcoming the accumulated problems in Russian-American relations.