Trump, Putin Agree to Normalize US-Russia Ties

Both Agree to Need to Improve 'Extremely Unsatisfactory' Relations

Officials have confirmed that Russian President Vladimir Putin and US President-elect Donald Trump spoke on the phone on Monday evening. Putin is said to have called Trump to congratulate him on winning last week’s presidential election.

The two are said to have agreed on the need to resolve “extremely unsatisfactory” Russo-American relations, planning for a personal meeting and joint work toward the normalization of ties between the two major nations. According to the Kremlin, the agreement was for a dialogue “on the basis of equality, mutual respect, and non-intervention in each other’s domestic affairs.”

Such a productive first phone call is unsurprising, as during the campaign Trump had talked of improving relations with Russia, and since the election Russian government officials have said they saw the election of Trump as America’s rejection of Hillary Clinton’s calls for further hostility toward Russia.

This is the first major attempt to improve relations between the two sides since the 2009 “reset,” which came in the wake of President Obama’s election. That reset was mostly forgotten by the late years of the Obama presidency, with the US launching a massive military buildup along Russia’s border in Eastern Europe, and the two sides engaged in a virtual proxy war in Syria.

While the 2009 “reset” was mostly aimed at getting access to Russian airspace for supply shipments for the Afghan War, the Trump normalization effort is likely to be much more ambitious, with Trump expressing his aversion to hostility toward nuclear-armed Russia, and already talking about a dramatic shift in Syria policy which would see the US ending support for the rebellion against Syria, a key Russian ally.

All conversations between Putin and Trump are likely to be heavily scrutinized, however, as the Clinton campaign didn’t just campaign on its own hostility toward Russia, but accused Russia of plotting to get Trump elected. With post-election acrimony within the US still high a week later, those allegations arr likely to remain a talking point for many opposed to normalization.

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  • unam_sanctum

    buy Russian stocks.

    • ThorsteinVeblen2012

      Short Ukrainian stocks.

      • Strider73

        Too bad the Clinton Slush Fund Foundation wasn’t publicly traded. Imagine the money that could have been made shorting it on Nov. 7!

  • Eileen Kuch

    This is the greatest news I’ve just read .. Trump and Putin agreeing to normalize US-Russia ties. This is what Putin wanted all along, but Obama and his band of Trotskyites aka Neocons wanted no parts of it.
    Jason, your article hits the proverbial nail squarely on the head. I’ve been waiting for this news for around 8 years now. I’m very happy Trump was elected so this long-awaited agreement for this revival of ties between the US and Russia – ties that never should’ve been broken.

    • Ross Vassilev

      They were opportunists who were pretended to be Trotskyites when it seemed the Trotskyites would win. Once the Trotskyites lost, they started looking for a new movement they could control and make money from.

    • EME

      This is great news especially for the people of EU countries
      on the border of Russia who the Clinton/Oboomer gang would use
      as fodder if it was stupid enough to instigate an altercation.

      For a man who has been demonized by the Ziocon corporate media,
      Trump’s initial objectives are encouraging.

      • Doug Doakes

        Let’s just hope that Trump can identify the Ziocons in his midst, e.g., Jim Woolsey.

    • Bianca

      But do not discount Trotskyites. Soros has left the trail of violence across the globe in the interest of Trotskyite globalist agenda. Trump may not be aware of the fact that Trotskyite elites have been planted in most countries around the world. And they will continue pushing for the globalist agenda, as they have made enemies in their own countries — badmouthing anybody with “nationalist” agenda, making them same as Nazism. While genuine Nazism is being protected in Ukraine, Baltics. And true patriots demonized in France, Hungary, Austria. The problem in US is still the mainstream media — even conservative. Reason? Laziness and ignorance. Fox is still talking about Russia in dark tones, and implying that Russia is dangerous to US. So far, no US media — left or right — has accepted Trump foreign policy vision, and are just thinking it will go right back to “normal” where Russia is a bad guy.

  • I hate Trump like a venereal disease but even I have to admit that this looks good. With that being said, talk is cheap, it’s actions that count. Fingers crossed. In the meantime, keep your eye on those grassy knolls Donald. As any queer person can tell you, that Pence is a slippery closet queen with an itchy trigger finger.

    • ThorsteinVeblen2012

      How many sexual metaphors can you pack into a post about international politics?

      • I don’t know. I think I tried this once. I wanna say 17?

        • ThorsteinVeblen2012

          Reminds me of a guy I knew in high school. He could weave the “f” word into a conversation so much as to make it an art form. I thought he should have gotten a letterman’s jacket for it.

    • RickR35

      Well, that was the Russians talking and their talk isn’t as cheap as American talk.

  • Basil McDonnell

    Trump’s cabinet is jammed chock-full of people who have been on the anti-Russian warpath for decades, starting with Mike Pence, and running through just about everybody. He has Russophobes to the right and to the left. It’ll be interesting to see if he can even find anyone to work for him who’s not.

    • RickR35

      His cabinet? He doesn’t have a cabinet. Not even a prospective one, Unless you mean the two or three rumors.

    • Mcgee

      There are some choices. Of course, I’d love it if Ron Paul got named Sec of State. Doesn’t seem to be a snowball’s chance of that. And, I’m sure there are at least a few people in the military and intelligence communities that can see the world honestly and make competent judgements. Just a few people like that would be a vast improvement of the last 16 years of people who act like reality is whatever they say it is.

      Actually, this year was the victory of the non-interventionists over the neocons within the Repub party. So, I’d imagine there’s quite a few good candidates if Trump wants to go looking for them.

      • Strider73

        I seriously doubt Ron would accept any post in a Trump administration, and not just on ideological grounds. He has had his fill of the District of Corruption. That said, if Trump asked Ron’s advice on draining the swamp I hope he would offer some.

    • MvGuy

      Yes it’s true… And Hillary & crew are/were their stumbling goddess…

  • RickR35

    This is fantastic.

  • Putin talks to Trump: “OMG Trump is getting his orders from Russia! This proves he’s a Russian puppet!”

    Putin doesn’t talk to Trump: “OMG Putin is trying to deceive us by sending his orders to Trump secretly! This proves Trump is a Russian puppet!”

  • Joey

    Getting America to actual stop interfering in Russia would be a good first step.

    The joke of this year’s ridiculous American elections is that Americans had interfered in the most recent Russian presidential elections. Both in pumping resources into anti-Putin parties before the election, and in organizing color-revolution-style protest claiming ‘fraud’ after the election to try to overturn the election results.

    Haven’t researched it yet, but I’d suspect the usual suspect of government money from the NED was in play. Also, its interesting that its likely that trails go from George Soros to both the groups trying to overturn the most recent Russian presidential elections as well as the groups currently in US streets trying to overthrow the election of Trump.

    Makes me think that I’d love to be the proverbial fly on the wall when Putin and Trump have a little chat.

    • Doug Doakes

      Agreed. We need to keep our damn noses out of internal Russian affairs!

  • Doug Doakes

    I just hope Trump and Putin can agree that the US will leave the Ukraine “as is” if Russia will agree to do the same regarding the Baltic countries.
    US “NGOs” made the Ukraine a major issue between Russia and the US despite the fact that the Ukraine has always been in the sphere of Russian influence.

  • MvGuy

    Thank You DONALD…. THIS IS THE PARAMOUNT reason I Voted for you… What sort of moron can’see that the THERMONUCLEAR powers MUST to get along for the survival of EVERYONE & EVERYTHING?

    This concept is an absolute NO-BRAINER… I myself believe that we should also take sensible steps to mitigate man made practices that contribute to warming. With going solar and getting power for FREE & not contributing to rhe riches of overseas oil producers like those of Saudi Arabia