President-elect Donald Trump spoke by phone Monday with Russian leader Vladimir Putin, of whom he spoke fondly during the U.S. presidential campaign.
"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," the Trump transition team said in a statement.
The Kremlin said in a statement that Putin congratulated Trump, and pledged to build "dialogue with the new administration on the principles of equality, mutual respect and non-interference in the internal affairs of each other."
The U.S. and Russian leaders also agreed to set up a face-to-face meeting soon.
The two men "agreed to assess the current very poor state of Russian-American relations" and to work for "constructive cooperation on a wide range of issues."