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Trump and Putin agree to improve 'unsatisfactory' relations between U.S. and Russia

On Monday, Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke with Donald Trump on the phone, and the pair agreed to improve "unsatisfactory" relations between their two countries, the Kremlin said in a statement.

Putin and Trump discussed terrorism and "a settlement for the crisis in Syria," and tasked their aides with putting together a face-to-face meeting. In a statement from his own office, Trump said he and Putin talked about "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." Throughout the campaign, Trump praised Putin, calling him a strong leader.