US President Trump Talked Putin, Merkel, Abe, Hollande on January 28


Time: 10:41 p.m. CEST

The United States President Donald Trump talked on Saturday with five of the world leaders, including Russia’s Vladimir Putin and German Chancellor Angela Merkel. CNN’s Matthew Chance in Moscow said that “a Kremlin summary of the phone call” was about “stabilizing the relationship between the two nations and several other subjects.”

The issues Trump and Putin discussed includes, “restoring trade tied, international terrorism, situation in Ukraine and the Korean Peninsula, and the coordination of military action against ISIS and other terror groups in Syria.”

Kremlin statement said restoration of mutually beneficial economic ties “could further stimulate progressive and stable development of bilateral relations,” according to a CNN translation of the Russian statement.

According to the readout of the White House about the call, it says that President Trump received “a congratulatory call from Russian president Vladimir Putin.” The call, which lasted about one hour,  was marked as “significant start to improving the relationship between the United States and Russia,” and “that is need of repair.”

Obama introduced sanctions on Russia and expelled 35 Russian diplomats. Trump talked with German Chancellor Merkel, France President Francois Hollande and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, a key ally in Asia. Trump will meet Abe in Washington D.C. on February 10.

Reuters published on Saturday, French President Francois Hollande  warned U.S. President Donald Trump against taking a protectionist approach, which he said would have economic and political consequences. “In an unstable and uncertain world, turning inward would be a dead-end,” Hollande told Trump in their first official telephone conversation, according to a statement from the president’s office, Reuters reports.

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