Putin-Trump Discussion Globally Significant

November 18, 2016

"Not just of bilateral, but of global significance," is how Lyndon LaRouche characterized the first telephone discussion between president-elect Trump and Russian President Putin on November 14. The two leaders' discussion of the need to develop U.S.-Russia trade and economic relations was particularly pregnant of change in the international prospects for economic and scientific progress, as well as for peace.

The report of the meeting from Trump's office was as follows: "New York, NY, Nov. 14: President-elect Donald J. Trump today spoke with Russian President Vladimir Putin, who called to offer his congratulations on winning a historic election. During the call the two leaders discussed a range of issues including the threats and challenges facing the United States and Russia, strategic economic issues, and the historical U.S.-Russia relationship that dates back over 200 years.

“President-elect Trump noted to President Putin that he is very much looking forward to having a strong and enduring relationship with Russia and the people of Russia.”

The office of the Russian President issued this comment: “The President again congratulated Mr. Trump on his victory at the presidential elections, wished him success in the implementation of the pre-election program, and noted his willingness to build a partnership dialogue with the new administration on the principles of equality, mutual respect and non-interference in the internal affairs of each other....

“During the conversation, Putin and Trump not only agreed in assessing the current unsatisfactory state of bilateral relations, but also spoke in favor of active joint work to normalize relations and aim for constructive cooperation on a wide range of issues. The sides stressed the necessity of creating a solid foundation of bilateral ties through the development of trade and economic relations.

“Putin and Trump shared the opinion on the necessity to pool efforts against major common enemy—international terrorism and extremism. In this context, they discussed issues of the settlement of the Syrian crisis… The sides agreed to continue telephone contacts with a possible personal meeting to be organized by representatives of both sides. It was noted that next year will see the 210th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Russia and the United States, which is to prompt the sides to get back to pragmatic, mutually beneficial cooperation in the interests of both countries, as well as of stability and security in the world.”

It is worth noting that Prime Minister Abe of Japan will be presenting the program of collaboration between Japan and Russia—initiated during President Putin and Prime Minister Abe’s summit in Sochi, Russia earlier this year—at the upcoming APEC summit in Peru on Nov. 19. Prior to this summit in Lima, Peru, Prime Minister Abe will be meeting President-elect Trump in New York City.

With Russia, China, Japan, and the United States in a state of potentially increasing collaboration, the Pacific century based on the common aims of mankind is starting to become a reality. Nothing can be allowed to undermine the consolidation of this new type of relations among nations.