Trump's Big Phone Call Tuesday: Vladimir Putin
Leaders will speak amid low point in US-Russia relations
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted May 2, 2017 7:39 AM CDT
Traditional Russian wooden dolls depict President Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin at a souvenir shop in St.Petersburg, Russia.   (AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky)

(Newser) – President Trump has an important phone call on his docket Tuesday: He'll be speaking with Vladimir Putin at 12:30pm Eastern. The talk comes less than a month after Trump said US-Russian relations "may be at an all-time low," notes the Wall Street Journal. The most recent tension flared when the US accused Moscow of lying about a chemical attack on civilians in Syria, and Reuters expect Syria's civil war to be a topic of discussion.

Trump and Putin have spoken twice by phone since Trump took office, notes Radio Free Europe, which adds that the two leaders have not scheduled a face-to-face meeting. Both are expected to attend the G20 summit in Germany in July. Before talking with Trump, Putin will host German Chancellor Angela Merkel in the Black Sea city of Sochi. It's their first meeting in two years, with ties strained in the wake of Russia's military action in Ukraine, reports NPR.

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