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Report: Putin and Trump talked common ground on ISIS, desire to repair relations
Masks depicting Russian President Vladimir Putin and U.S. President-elect Donald Trump are put up for sale at a souvenir street shop in St.Petersburg, Russia, Friday, Dec. 23, 2016. (AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky)

Report: Putin and Trump talked common ground on ISIS, desire to repair relations

According to Politico, President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin talked about cooperating on a shared vision of destroying the Islamic State in Syria, and a common desire to repair U.S./Russia relations during a 50-minute phone conversation on Saturday.

The White House, in a readout of the conversation, called the chat "positive," and indicated a hopefulness that the two countries could move swiftly with regard to defeating terrorism and other "issues of mutual concern."

The Kremlin went further in its assessment, even suggesting a belief that Trump might be open to lifting sanctions, something GOP leaders have warned him to avoid. From Politico:

"The sides stressed the importance of rebuilding mutually beneficial trade and economic ties between the two countries’ business communities, which could give an additional impetus to progressive and sustainable development of bilateral relations," the Kremlin's office said in a statement.

"During the conversation, both sides expressed their readiness to make active joint efforts to stabilize and develop Russia-US cooperation on a constructive, equitable and mutually beneficial basis."

White House chief of staff Reince Priebus, press secretary Sean Spicer, National Security Advisor Gen. Michael Flynn and senior advisor Steve Bannon were all present during the call. Trump also had conversations with leaders of Japan, Germany, France and Australia over the weekend.

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