The more frequent talks between Russian and US presidents Vladimir Putin and Donald trump can hardly be projected on the relations of the two countries. This was stated to journalists by the Russian leader’s press Secretary Dmitry Peskov on Monday, April 13.
“The presidents have been communicating very constructively for a long time. At the moment, the interests of the two countries absolutely coincide. Can this be projected onto the General background of bilateral relations? Most likely, now it is hardly possible to come to such a conclusion,” Peskov said.
According to him, there was no question of lifting anti-Russian sanctions. Peskov stressed that when communicating with the leaders of the countries, Putin does not raise this topic, and trump, in turn, also did not talk about the possible cancellation of restrictive measures against Moscow.
The topics of the meeting of the UN security Council’s big five and the fate of the Treaty on measures for the further reduction and limitation of strategic offensive arms (STCW) were also not discussed.
Putin and trump earlier in April repeatedly called to discuss the situation with coronavirus, as well as the situation on the global oil market against the background of the OPEC+agreement. During a telephone conversation on April 12, the presidents, along with king Salman bin Abdulaziz al Saud of Saudi Arabia, supported an agreement on a phased voluntary restriction of oil production, and later the leaders of the Russian Federation and the United States called separately.
During the conversation, the Russian leader congratulated trump and American Christians on Easter, which Catholics and Protestants celebrated on April 12. The parties agreed to continue contacts.
Later, trump thanked the Russian President and the Saudi king for “a great deal”.