July 16, 2018 / 3:44 PM / a year ago

Trump says U.S. must find ways to cooperate with Russia

U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin hold a joint news conference after their meeting in Helsinki, Finland, July 16, 2018. REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger

HELSINKI (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said on Monday he had productive talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin that had turned the corner on a relationship that had never been worse.

“If we are going to solve many of the problems facing our world, we will have to find ways to cooperate,” Trump told a joint news conference in the Finnish capital Helsinki.

He said he had discussed a wide range of critical issues for both countries, including the war in Syria, Iran, global terrorism and nuclear arms control. He also addressed the issue of alleged Russian interference in U.S. elections, he said.

“We made the first steps towards a brighter future, grounded on cooperation and peace,” he said. “Refusing to engage will not accomplish anything.”

Reporting by Jeff Mason in Helsinki and Reuters in London, Editing by Angus MacSwan

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