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Putin and Trump may speak by phone on Saturday: Kremlin

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By Agence France-Presse

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump may speak by telephone on Saturday for the first time since the US leader’s inauguration, the Kremlin said.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov responded “yes” when asked by the RIA Novosti news agency on Friday whether such a talk between the two leaders was possible, as reported by CNN.

(COMBO) This combination of pictures created on December 30, 2016 shows a file photo taken on December 28, 2016 of US President-elect Donald Trump (L) in Palm Beach, Florida; and a file photo taken on December 23, 2016, of Russian President Vladimir Putin speaking in Moscow. Trump on December 30, 2016, praised Putin for not reacting immediately to Washington's move to punish it over alleged election-related interference. "Great move on delay (by V. Putin) - I always knew he was very smart!" Trump tweeted. / AFP PHOTO / DON EMMERT AND Natalia KOLESNIKOVA | Manila Bulletin

(COMBO) This combination of pictures created on December 30, 2016 shows a file photo taken on December 28, 2016 of US President Donald Trump (L) in Palm Beach, Florida; and a file photo taken on December 23, 2016, of Russian President Vladimir Putin speaking in Moscow. (AFP PHOTO / DON EMMERT AND Natalia KOLESNIKOVA | Manila Bulletin)

If it takes place, the conversation would be the first since Trump was sworn in on January 20.

The two already spoke by phone in November following Trump’s election, and agreed to “normalize” US-Russia relations, which have suffered notably over the crisis in Ukraine.

Throughout the electorial campaign, Trump was accused by his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton of being Putin’s “puppet.”

Less than one month before leaving the White House, former president Barack Obama took reprisals against Moscow over what he said was Russian meddling in the US presidential election,

The measures by Obama, who accused Moscow of “efforts to harm US interests,” included the expulsion of 35 intelligence agents and financial sanctions on Russia’s top intelligence agencies.

Trump has pledged to mend ties with Putin’s government, and is angered by suggestions that his victory was aided by illegal Russian interference.

Read more: Russia’s Putin ready to meet Trump, preparations may take months: TASS

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