But do they have anything to show from their stepped-up dialogue?
An Obama administration debate about whether to engage Vladimir Putin or treat him like a pariah has tilted in the engagement camp’s favor—even as critics and some officials worry that it’s become too easy for the Russian president to get a stature-enhancing meeting with U.S. leaders.
11:32 Putin hopes for better ties with U.S., anti-terror action11
10:56 Putin praises Russian unity, calls for better ties with United States11
15:40 Russia's Putin calls Donald Trump 'a clever man' who will learn12
16:54 A Subdued Putin Calls for ‘Mutually Beneficial’ Relations With the U.S13