Trump’s phone call with Russian leader Vladimir Putin was a step forward in cooperation over issues like Syria and North Korea, reports Julie Pace for Star Tribune. She writes that the leaders came together in agreement, strengthening their partnership and agreeing to future meetings. Representatives of both the Kremlin and the White House confirmed that the dialogue was productive, points out Pace. In her opinion, this shows promising growth, especially after worries that the recent missile strike on Syria might hurt relations between the two countries.
After Trump and Putin’s phone call, the White House and Kremlin veiled the rigidity of the talk with purposefully vague comments, speculates Julia Ioffe of the Atlantic. She reads into their sterile statements, concluding that the exchange was superficial with no substantial progress being made. They didn’t decide on actual action, only loosely agreeing that something needs to be done in Syria. Putin didn’t take the US bombing in Syria well and their relationship is at a low point, claims Ioffe, asserting that strong tension between the two leaders has been kept private.