US President Donald Trump To Speak With Russia's Vladimir Putin

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US President Donald Trump To Speak With Russia's Vladimir Putin

Donald Trump has already called Vladimir Putin twice since he assumed the office of US President. (File)


Washington:  US President Donald Trump will speak with Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin by telephone on Tuesday, the White House said in a statement. The call is scheduled for 12:30 pm (1630 GMT). A senior Trump administration official said the two leaders would likely discuss the civil war in Syria, where Moscow backs the government of Bashar al-Assad and the United States supports rebels trying to overthrow him.. Trump ordered an air strike on a Syrian air base last month in retaliation for a deadly poison gas attack on civilians he blamed on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's government.

Russia denied the Syrian government was responsible for the chemical sarin attack, which killed 90 people.

Trump, whose administration is under the scanner for links with Russia, has already spoken with Putin twice over telephone since taking office.

On January 28 this year, the two Presidents discussed how to defeat ISIS in a congratulatory call from Russia's Putin, according to officials in the US administration.

The last time, on April 3, Trump pledged support to Russia over a deadly bomb attack in the Saint Petersburg metro that killed 15 people.

US ties with Russia are under scrutiny after US intelligence agencies said hackers directed by the Kremlin accessed the Democratic National Committee networks ahead of the election that put Trump in the White House.

The FBI is probing any links between Trump campaign associates and the Russian government. The Pentagon is probing Trump's former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, over payments received from Russian government-linked firms.

(With inputs from AFP and Reuters)


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