U.S. President Donald J. Trump is expected to speak with German Chancellor Angela Merkel about Russian President Vladimir Putin, who is also awaiting a call. Chancellor Merkel, according to sources who spoke with Reuters, is reportedly going to tell the new president that the European Union (EU) will not following the U.S. in any effort to life the sanctions against Moscow for the annexation of Crimea.
Earlier in the day, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told TASS that Russian President Vladimir Putin and US President Donald Trump are expected to hold a phone conversation on Saturday.
Mr. Peskov wouldn’t comment on the topic of the conversation will entail.
“Let’s see,” he told reporters in Moscow. “Let’s just be patient.”
The source did not say whether President Trump even wanted to speak with Chancellor Merkel about lifting sanctions imposed on Russia in response to its intervention in Ukraine, but they did made clear the EU was not open to taking such steps.