TEHRAN (Press Shia Agency) – The US president Donald Trump and the Russian president Vladimir Putin sat down at the Finnish Presidential Palace ahead of 90-minute private talks aimed at rebuilding ties between US and Russia.

Vladimir Putin of Russia and Donald Trump of the US held their first dedicated meeting in the Finnish capital since the latter took office following the 2016 US presidential election. The relationship between the two countries is arguably at its lowest point since the end of the Cold War.

Addressing journalists ahead of a one-on-one meeting with Trump, Putin said the Monday summit was a continuation of previous contacts between the two, RT reported.

“We had contacts over the previous months, talked on the phone and met on the sidelines of various international events,” Putin said. “The time has certainly come for a comprehensive discussion of our bilateral relations and some of the sour points that [have built-up.]”

Trump congratulated Putin on Russia’s hosting of one of the best-ever FIFA World Cups over the past month and said the two leaders have matters of global importance to discuss.