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    The conversation between Vladimir Trump and Donald Trump demonstrated mutual respect and the leaders' commitment to understanding each other's positions, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Russian President Vladimir Putin's phone talks with US President Donald Trump over the weekend were good on political and human levels, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Monday.

    "The conversation which took place on Saturday between Presidents Putin and Trump was good, I would say, in both the political and human the human sense," Lavrov told reporters.

    Speaking alongside his Eritrean colleague on a visit to Moscow, Lavrov noted that Putin's conversation with Trump "demonstrated mutual respect, the leaders' desire to communicate without moralizing, drawing on the national interests of each country."

    "They have agreed to continue work at the expert level, both as part of their further contacts, which will surely be held, and the time and details, which are yet to be agreed," Lavrov added.

    Putin and Trump held their first official phone conversation on Saturday, during which they discussed the situation in the Middle East and the Arab-Israeli conflict, anti-terror efforts, the sphere of strategic stability and non-proliferation, the Iranian nuclear program, the situation on the Korean peninsula as well as the situation in eastern Ukraine.

    As for the anti-Russia sanctions, White House spokesman Sean Spicer said Sunday they were not discussed by the two leaders as the new US administration had not yet made any decision on the matter.

    "The conversation which for obvious reasons was focusing on concepts, without going into details, revealed a whole range of sectors where Russia’s and US interests coincide," Lavrov told a press conference.

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