A combination of file photos showing Russian President Vladimir Putin and U.S. President Donald Trump (Photo: REUTERS)
According to a White House statement, Trump expressed his
condolences over the crash of Saratov Airlines Flight 703 on Sunday (Feb.11),
saying the United States was standing by to assist Russian authorities in the
The Russian airliner carrying 71 people crashed shortly after
taking off from Moscow, killing all the 65 passengers and 6 crew members on
In response, Trump said that it is now time to work toward an
enduring peace agreement.
The Trump administration in December announced its recognition
of Jerusalem as the Israeli capital, saying it plans to move the U.S. embassy
from Tel Aviv to the city that the Palestinians also claimed as its capital.
The decision has sparked global condemnation. In response,
Washington suspended its funding for Palestinian refugees in a bid to force
Palestine to accept U.S.-deliberated peace plan in Middle East, which was
rejected by the Palestinian side.
During the Monday conversation, Trump and Putin also discussed other topics of mutual concern including the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula. The White House said Trump reiterated the importance of taking further steps.