March 9th, 2012
11:48 AM ET
Update: The White House Readout of the president's call:
President Obama called Russian President-elect and Prime Minister Putin to congratulate him on his recent victory in the Russian Presidential election. President Obama highlighted achievements in U.S.-Russia relations over the past three years with President Medvedev, including cooperation on Afghanistan, the conclusion and ratification of the START agreement, Russia’s recent invitation to join the World Trade Organization (WTO) and cooperation on Iran. President Obama and President-Elect Putin agreed that the successful reset in relations should be built upon during the coming years. The President said that he looked forward to hosting President-Elect Putin at the G-8 Summit in May at Camp David. The two leaders outlined areas for future cooperation, including strengthening trade and investment relations arising out of Russia’s pending accession to the WTO. President Obama and President-Elect Putin agreed to continue discussions on areas where the United States and Russia have differed, including Syria and missile defense. President Obama and President-Elect Putin agreed to continue their efforts to find common ground and remove obstacles to better relations.
Aboard Air Force One just now Deputy Press Secretary Josh Earnest announced that President Obama would be placing a call to President-elect Vladimir Putin during his flight to Virginia this morning.
"Technology-willing it's probably occurring right now," Earnest said just before 11:30 AM.
He did not provide a preview of what the two leaders would talk about on the call, but he did say that the White House would be providing a read out later this afternoon. So stay tuned.