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Global Significance of Putin-Trump Discussion

Global Significance of Putin-Trump Discussion

Russia launched a major military offensive in Syria on Tuesday, hours after President-elect Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin discussed the need to join forces to combat worldwide terrorism.

John McCain (R-Ariz.), who chairs the Senate Armed Services Committee, said that "the price of another "reset" [with Russia] would be complicity in Putin and Assad's butchery of the Syrian people". He said that partnering with Russian Federation would mean working with Syrian President Bashar al Assad, and being culpable in the deaths of civilians and the very rebel groups that the U.S.is supporting.

The Kremlin hopes that the relations with the United States will improve in the future despite the efforts of the current Washington administration to send them into a dead end, Russian presidential aide Yuri Ushakov said.

Monday's conversation was "diplomatically impeccable and has bolstered optimism over bilateral relations in the next four years", China's frequently nationalistic Global Times newspaper said in an editorial.

Filipinos make up one of the largest expatriate groups in the US. North Atlantic Treaty Organisation members and other European countries are anxious that under Trump, the USA will stop trying to police Russia's behavior the way it has under Obama. Graham said that as the votes are now in, it's time for him to focus on helping Trump become a successful president.

Russian Federation has repeatedly claimed in the past to be bombing jihadist groups like Isil or al-Nusra when its fire has in fact been aimed at more moderate rebel groups opposed to the regime of Syrian president Bashar al-Assad.

In a statement, McCain called on Trump to stand "on the side of those fighting tyranny" and not with Putin. The White House declined to comment on Ushakov's accusation. "[The Russians] have to recognize that we are going to stand by our alliance structures".

Trump's office indicated that Putin initiated the call, saying he called to "offer his congratulations" on defeating Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton as did other world leaders.

While many world leaders watched the United States election result with confusion and horror, Russian Federation hopes a Trump presidency will mean less lecturing from the west and a freer hand to act as it pleases in Ukraine and Syria. Among the areas he wants to examine is whether Russian Federation had a role in the hacking of Democratic Party organizations before the election. In 2014, Putin officially sanctioned McCain. The U.S. relayed its complaint on October 31 - a week before Election Day - said the official, who requested anonymity to discuss private diplomatic conversations.

"As of this moment, there's not been any contact from the President-elect's transition team", said Capt. Jeff Davis, a Pentagon spokesman. And, he said, he hoped Trump would think hard about the DREAM Act, which creates a path to citizenship for those who entered the country before they were 16, graduated from high school (or earned an equivalent degree) and were of good moral character.