US, Russia agree to increased diplomacy on Syria

According to a White House readout of the conversation, the two spoke about efforts to end terrorism in the Middle East, attempts to de-escalate tensions with North Korea and the ongoing civil war in Syria.

The two "also discussed at length working together to eradicate terrorism throughout the Middle East" as well as "how best to resolve the very unsafe situation in North Korea".

"The United States will be sending a representative to the cease-fire talks in Astana, Kazakhstan on May 3-4", the statement added. He took to Twitter days after the Syria strikes to say that "things will work out fine" between the US and Russian Federation and "everyone will come to their senses".

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson declared during a mid-April visit to Moscow that U.S. -Russia relations had hit a "low point" marked by serious mistrust over the Syrian conflict.

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Trump told Reuters in an interview last week that a "major, major conflict" was possible with North Korea, amping up pressure on Pyongyang to stand down and for China to rein in the north. The other is that the two leaders discussed a Russian plan to establish "safe or de-escalation" zones in Syria.

The two evidently agreed to continue chatting by phone, but also spoke of having a personal meeting around the G20 summit in Hamburg, Germany (to the disappointment of whomever was pinning hopes on those Russian reports that their first face to face meeting would take place in May).

No details were given about the possible safe zones, which have always been discussed, but faltered as Bashar al-Assad's regime and assorted groups of rebels, Kurds, Iranian-backed militias, Al-Qaeda and Islamic State fighters have kept-up a bloody war that has killed an estimated half million people.

A White House readout of the phone calls says the two leaders discussed the creation of safe zones in Syria.

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President Vladimir Putin says allegations Russia meddled in last year's United States presidential election are based on rumours and Moscow does not want foreign powers to interfere in Russian politics.

Russian Federation has been criticized for getting involved in the US and French elections. The FBI and congressional committees are investigating Russia's involvement in the election and allegations that there was cooperation between the Kremlin and the Trump campaign.

Merkel's visit to Russian Federation comes after Putin called for the countries' relations "to fully normalize", while meeting German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel in March.

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