Newly elected President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin have scheduled a phone call to discuss general matters. The call is set to take place on Saturday. This will be their first conversation since Trump’s inauguration.
Trump has made it widely known he wants to build a stronger relationship with Russia and in the process try to mend wounds left by the Obama administration.
With Trump considering to lift sanctions imposed by the Obama administration and Putin cordially congratulating Trump on his electoral success, the warm reception between the two has been a source of contention in the mainstream media and with Democrats who suspect Trump and his team have quietly worked with Putin in a dishonest manner.
Russia has repeatedly voiced its desire to hold a positive relationship with Trump. For example, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, recently called for the “re-establishment of normal relations” between the two countries. “Following the difficult relations we had under Barack Obama, President Putin is ready to meet in the interests of global security and stability,” Lavrov said.
Putin has voiced his hopes to work with Trump and the U.S. in a positive manner, stating, “Major global and regional challenges that our countries have confronted in recent years clearly confirm that Russia-US relations are an important factor in ensuring stability and security in the modern world.”
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