On Saturday, President Donald Trump is scheduled to have a phone call with Russian President Vladimir Putin. The two leaders were said to have been expected to discuss the sanctions that the United States put into place under former President Barack Obama after Russia annexed Ukraine’s Crimea Peninsula, however Trump disputed that claim. On Friday, President Trump said that while a call has “been set up with Putin,” it’s “too early to talk about sanctions.”
The news about the scheduled phone call was confirmed on Friday by both a U.S. official and Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov.
Sean Spicer, the White House Press Secretary, tweeted about the call.
“Getting the most out of the 1st full week- tomorrow @potus will speak by phone with leaders of France, Germany and Russia,” he said.
“As it usually happens during such contacts, the sides will naturally exchange opinions on key parameters of the current state of bilateral affairs,” Peskov said. “One can hardly expect substantive contacts on the entire range of affairs from this call … Let us wait and see, let us be patient.”
President Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin have never met in person and are believed to have only spoken on the phone once since Trump got elected in what Trump called a “congratulatory call.” In December, Trump shared a letter he had received from Putin
“I hope that after you assume the position of the President of the United States of America, we will be able — by acting in a constructive and pragmatic manner — to take real steps to restore the framework of bilateral cooperation in different areas as well as bring our level of collaboration on the international scene to a qualitatively new level,” Putin said in the letter.