PALM BEACH (USA), Dec. 30 (Reuters / EP) –
The president of the United States, Donald Trump, and his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, have analyzed in a phone call the relations between the two countries, in which they have also discussed arms control, as reported by the White House on Monday .
The official reason for this call has been Putin's intention to thank Trump for giving “information from the United States that helped thwart a terrorist attack in Russia,” White House spokesman Hogan Gidley said and confirmed The Russian Government
No further details have been given, but Russia said Sunday it has thwarted the planned terrorist attacks in St. Petersburg thanks to Washington's help.
Gidley has said that both presidents have pledged to continue the anti-terrorism cooperation between the two countries.
“The presidents have also talked about the state of relations between the United States and Russia and future efforts to support effective arms control,” he said, an apparent reference to Trump's desire to secure an agreement to control nuclear weapons.
The US president has encountered strong opposition from Republican and Democratic deputies in his intention to strengthen relations with Russia, as they are concerned about the annexation of Crimea and Russia's support for the separatists of eastern Ukraine, among other matters .
In addition, Trump on Thursday warned Russia, Syria and Iran about the killing of civilians in the Syrian province of Idlib. Syrian and Russian forces have intensified their bombings on targets of Idlib, Syria's last rebel stronghold, while Syrian President Bashar Al Assad has promised to regain power in the area.
Another possible tension is in the union between Russia and China to bring a proposal to the UN Security Council to call for the lifting of some sanctions against North Korea for its nuclear and ballistic missile programs.
The phone call between Trump and Putin came when the US State Department announced that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will travel to Ukraine, Belarus, Kazakhstan and Cyprus from January 3 to 7.