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Putin praises Mueller probe, calls for better Russia-US ties

IANS  |  Sochi (Russia) 

Russian and visiting said that the two countries are willing to mend ties and build up cooperation.

Before a closed-door meeting with Pompeo, Putin said on Tuesday he had an impression from a phone call with on May 3 that the latter is willing to restore US-relations and jointly resolve issues of mutual interest, reported.

"For our part, we have repeatedly said that we would also like to restore the relationship in full format. I hope that now the necessary conditions are being created," Putin told Pompeo.

Putin praised for "an objective investigation" that confirmed the absence of all traces of collusion between and the current

The Russian said and the US have common interests in maintaining strategic stability, non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, resolving regional crises, fighting organised crimes, solving environmental problems, anti-poverty, and economic partnership.

Pompeo said that and have different positions on some issues, but they also share interests and have potential to cooperate and work productively.

After the meeting, said Pompeo told Putin that Trump is ready to hold talks with the Russian leader during the summit in Japan's in June.

Ushakov told reporters that Tuesday's meeting did not bring about a breakthrough in the Russia-US relations, but the discussion was still good and meaningful as the US side showed signs of a constructive approach toward an improvement in bilateral relations.



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First Published: Wed, May 15 2019. 06:26 IST