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Donald Trump says he's expecting Russian President Vladimir Putin to get more involved in putting pressure on North Korea.

"The primary point was to talk about North Korea. because we would love to have his help on North Korea".

During his press conference, President Putin praised Trump for making some "major achievements" since he took office.

During his press conference, Putin chastised the "spy hysteria" surrounding the investigations into Russian interference in the 2016 election, including whether any Trump associates colluded with Russian officials.

Putin also noted during the news conference that he calls Trump "Donald" when they talk and that Trump calls him by his first name.

The two heads of state discussed "the situation in several crisis zones, with a focus on solving the nuclear issue on the Korean peninsula", the Kremlin said in a statement, without elaborating.

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The White House added that both "discussed working together to resolve the very unsafe situation in North Korea".

Russia's next presidential election will be held on March 18, 2018, state-run news agency Tass reported Friday, CNN reports.

Special counsel Robert Mueller is now investigating Russia's role in the 2016 election and whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russian officials.

According to a White House statement, Trump thanked Putin for acknowledging America's "strong" economic performance in his conference.

Putin stressed that the accusations hurled against Russia for allegedly interfering in the 2016 USA election and the situation regarding Russian media are nothing but spy hysteria and nonsense. So far, four people linked to Trump's campaign have been charged in Mueller's probe including former national security adviser Michael Flynn.

Publicly, Trump has called for improved relations with Russian Federation, even as some in his Cabinet have cautioned about trusting the nation.