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    21 Nov 2016

    Russian President Putin says Trump confirmed willing to mend ties

    Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Sunday U.S. President-elect Donald Trump confirmed to him he was willing to mend ties, though he also said he would welcome President Barack Obama in Russia.
    "The President-elect confirmed he is willing to normalize Russian-American relations. I told him the same. We did not discuss where and when we would meet"
    Putin also told a news conference in Lima after the APEC summit that Russia is ready to freeze oil output at current levels.
    Putin said he thanked Obama during Sunday's meeting in Lima "for the years of joint work".
    "I told him that we would be happy to see him (Obama) in Russia anytime if he wants, can and has desire", Putin said.
    Obama and Putin spoke for around four minutes on Sunday at the summit, about Syria and Ukraine, in what is likely to be their last in-person meeting before Obama leaves office.
    They exchanged pleasantries and remained standing as they spoke.
    "The president urged President Putin to uphold Russia's commitments under the Minsk agreements, underscoring the U.S. and our partners' commitment to Ukraine's sovereignty," a White House official said.
    Obama also emphasized the need for their two countries' foreign ministers "to continue pursuing initiatives, together with the broader international community, to diminish the violence and alleviate the suffering of the Syrian people," the official said.
    After their brief talk, Obama greeted others at the meeting before sitting down.Obama and Putin have had a challenging relationship.

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