Putin and Trump Will Talk by Phone on Saturday, Kremlin Confirms

  • Leaders to discuss Russia-U.S. ties in phone call, Peskov says
  • Trump repeatedly praised Putin during election campaign

Russian President Vladimir Putin and U.S. President Donald Trump will have their first official discussions since the inauguration in a phone call planned for Saturday, the Kremlin said.

The two leaders will exchange views on Russia-U.S. relations, though the Kremlin isn’t expecting “substantive discussions on the whole range of issues” from this initial contact, in which Putin will congratulate Trump on his Jan. 20 inauguration, presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on a conference call Friday.

Peskov said he had no information on reports that Trump is considering lifting U.S. sanctions on Russia imposed over the 2014 annexation of Crimea and the conflict in eastern Ukraine.

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Source: bloomberg.com