US President Donald Trump and Russian President Putin discussed efforts to combat the spread of the deadly COVID-19 and other global issues during a phone conversation, the White House said.
"President Trump and President Putin discussed the latest developments and efforts to combat the coronavirus pandemic. The two leaders agreed to work closely together through the G20 to drive the international campaign to defeat the virus and reinvigorate the global economy," the White House said during a statement on Monday, Xinhua press agency reported.
Trump and Putin also touched upon the problems of Venezuela and therefore the global energy market. As per the statement, Trump and his Russian counterpart agreed on the importance of stability in global energy markets.
Saudi Arabia and Russia did not reach a replacement deal on curbing oil production, which sent shock waves through the global energy market, because the oil price took a nosedive at a time when the worldwide demand for oil was already hit by the raging coronavirus pandemic. The low oil price also will hurt the US shale industry.