29 January, 2017
This will be the first conversation between the two leaders since Trump assumed office last week.
Talk about a possible unilateral move by Trump towards lifting sanctions on Russian Federation was serious enough that Republican Senator John McCain felt prompted to issue a stern statement demanding the president to state publicly that this was not in his plans and threatening Congressional action if he failed to do so.
However, earlier in January, Trump said that he would consider lifting restrictions if Moscow cooperates with Washington on certain issues, such as nuclear arms reduction.
On Friday, during a joint press conference with UK Prime Minister Theresa May at the White House, Trump said he was only in the early stages of considering whether to lift the Russian Federation sanctions. The two leaders have said they would like to normalize relations between their two countries.
The Kremlin has also "intensified its propaganda efforts to undermine the governments of our allies.and deliberately interfered in our recent election with cyberattacks and a disinformation campaign created to weaken America", McCain wrote, referring to the hacks on the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign chairman, John Podesta, which the intelligence community has since traced back to Russian Federation. May also stated her commitment to keep the sanctions in place until the Minsk Agreement, a plan to end the conflict in Ukraine, has been implemented.
"I don't know whether it is true", said Dmitry Peskov, the press Secretary of the Russian President to journalists.
Pak vs Aus ODI 5
Australia's Travis Head (L) runs between the wickets during the fifth one-day worldwide (ODI) cricket match against Pakistan. There were two wickets apiece for Junaid and Hasan Ali, though the latter did concede 100 runs from his nine overs.
"DC sources say that, an executive order to lift Russian sanctions has already ready in Trump's administration", Pottier writes, recalling that talks between Moscow, Berlin and Washington are scheduled for Saturday.
He also said the Senate should put the sanctions in law to ensure they are not revoked.
As of this posting, the White House has not released its readout yet. "And we've been continuing to argue that inside the European Union", May told reporters during the joint press conference. "Let us wait and see". To which Conway replies that Trump's policy is "America First".
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said USA and Russian interests "obviously coincide" and that Moscow was ready to consider concrete proposals from the Trump administration.
Putin has dismissed the reports as a fabrication to "undermine the legitimacy" of Trump's presidency.