Russian President Vladimir Putin and his US counterpart will hold talks on Saturday for the first time since the inauguration of Donald Trump, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Friday.
“I confirm that a telephone interview is scheduled on Saturday (between Putin and Trump),” Peskov said at a press conference.
The call between the two leaders will take place in the evening hours of Moscow time, he said. This will be their first official telephone contact since the inauguration of Donald Trump on January 20th.
The two leaders had talked once by phone in November, shortly after the election of Mr. Trump, and agreed to the need to “normalize” relations between Moscow and Washington, badly made especially by The Ukrainian crisis.
“Usually, during this type of contact, an exchange of views takes place on the current main parameters of bilateral relations,” Peskov said, adding that Putin hoped to congratulate his US counterpart on his victory.
“This is the first telephone contact after President Trump’s inauguration, it is unlikely that this will lead to a substantive conversation on all subjects,” he said before warning: “Be patient.”
Throughout the election campaign, Donald Trump , elected 45th President of the United States, has been accused by the Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton to be the “puppet” of Vladimir Putin.
Less than a month before his departure from the White House, former US President Barack Obama in late December took sanctions against Moscow, accused of trying to weigh on the US election campaign in favor By Donald Trump.
For his part, President Trump has praised Vladimir Putin several times and said he hopes to have a “very good relationship” with him.
The Russian President has already described Mr Trump as a “brilliant and talented man”, saying he appreciates the fact that he is “ready to re-establish Russian-American relations.”