Putin, Trump To Talk By Phone On Saturday: "Getting Along With Russia Is A Great Thing"

Tyler Durden's picture

Presidents Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump will have their first official discussions since the inauguration in a phone call planned for Saturday, the Kremlin said, a first step towards what Trump has billed as a normalization of relations after three years of tensions marked by open hostility during the Obama regime.

The two leaders are scheduled to exchange views on Russia-U.S. relations while Putin will congratulate Trump on his Jan. 20 inauguration, presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on a conference call Friday cited by Bloomberg. Trump and Putin last spoke in November, when Putin rang Trump to congratulate him on winning the presidential election. Asked by reporters if Ukraine would come up, Peskov said: "This is the first telephone contact since President Trump took office, so one should hardly expect that this phone call will involve substantive discussions across the whole range of issues. We'll see, let's be patient."

Trump has said in the past that, as part of the rapprochement he is seeking with Russia, he is prepared to review the sanctions that Washington imposed on Russia over its 2014 annexation of Ukraine's Crimea Peninsula. Such a move is likely to face resistance from both domestic and foreign politicians, who argue sanctions should only be eased if Moscow complies with the West's conditions on Ukraine. Peskov said he had no information on reports that Trump is considering lifting U.S. sanctions on Russia imposed over the 2014 annexation of Crimea and the conflict in eastern Ukraine.

If Putin and Trump can establish a rapport, it could pave the way for deals on Ukraine and Syria, two sources of friction during the administration of Barack Obama according to Reuters.

Trump and Putin have never met and it was unclear how their very different personalities would gel. Trump is a flamboyant real estate deal-maker who often acts on gut instinct, while Putin is a former Soviet spy who calculates each step methodically.

Trump has repeatedly spoken about ending the enmity that has dragged U.S.-Russia relations to their lowest ebb since the Cold War. In an interview with Sean Hannity on Fox News on Thursday night, Trump said it would be to the advantage of both Russia and the US to mend ties and pool their efforts in the fight against terrorism. “I don’t know Putin, but if we can get along with Russia that’s a great thing, it’s good for Russia, it’s good for us, we go out together and knock the hell out of ISIS, because that’s a real sickness,” he said.

"Wouldn't it be nice if we actually got along with people? Wouldn't it be nice if we actually got along, as an example, with Russia? I am all for it," Trump told a news conference in July last year.

Putin, at a news conference in December, said he would reciprocate. "Mr Trump .... said he believes it's right to normalize Russian-American ties and said it definitely won't be any worse, because it couldn't be worse. I agree with him. Together we'll think about how to improve things."

For Putin there is much to gain: he is expected to run for re-election next year, but is hampered by a sluggish economy. A softening or removal of sanctions would allow Western investment and credit to flow in, lifting growth and strengthening Putin's election prospects. 

For Trump, a rapprochement with Russia carries political risks. Powerful Congressional figures say they will block any move to lift Ukraine-related sanctions.  That would displease some of Washington's European allies too. The source in Berlin familiar with plans for the Trump-Merkel call said it would be "unpleasant" if Trump were to lift sanctions against Russia, but added: "It doesn't mean that we go along." The European Union has its own set of sanctions against Russia that it imposed over Ukraine. Trump is also vulnerable to allegations at home of being too cozy with Moscow.

In addition to to his Saturday phone call with Putin, Trump will also have a telephone conversation the same day with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, and that call is expected to focus on Russia, according to a Reuters source. Expect many tweets to follow both phone calls.


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Rich Monk's picture

Two Christian Nations getting along. Good. Now weed out the marxist atheist Jews in America as the Russians did!

Croesus's picture

"Wouldn't it be nice if we actually got along with people? Wouldn't it be nice if we actually got along, as an example, with Russia? I am all for it," Trump told a news conference in July last year."

Sounds a lot better than anything that's ever come out of "Let's Bomb It" McCain's mouth.

GGuy's picture
GGuy (not verified) Croesus Jan 27, 2017 7:03 AM

Didn't the Great Trumpkin just call for SAFE SPACES IN SYRIA....FOR ISIS?

Fuki's picture
Fuki (not verified) GGuy Jan 27, 2017 7:04 AM

You know you love reading this crazy progressive sh$t


GGuy's picture
GGuy (not verified) Fuki Jan 27, 2017 7:11 AM

So the cowardly down arrow above....was that a yes or a no?




Bumpo's picture

"Russia Hacked the Elections"- When Fake News went Full Retard

FreezeThese's picture
FreezeThese (not verified) Bumpo Jan 27, 2017 7:36 AM

Breaking: Search and Rescue Crews continue to search for the hundreds of thousands the President claims attended his inauguration 

BadKiTTy's picture

No he didnt.  He talked about "audience".  


The world is more than those in DC! 


Go and make something up on another site....

post turtle saver's picture

hey FreezeThese... hug on deez...


yeah that's right, even the Clinton News Network had to publish THE TRUTH you fucking idiot...

CNONC's picture

I didn't down vote, and I am troubled by the concept of establishing "safe zones," but nobody spoke of safe zones for ISIS, only Syrian civilians.  ISIS has substantial capabilities in urban areas where it can hide among civilians, but does not fair well in open country warfare.  Part of the idea (it's a bad idea, but I'm not commenting on that) is that by establishing safe zones, ISIS can be stripped of its civilian cover.  I presume you believe that ISIS will be able to hide amongst the civilian population in the safe zones, but since ISIS is substantially composed of foreigners and Iraqi Ba'athists, they could be identified easily (or so the proponents of this idea think) 

Again, I think these are criminally bad ideas, but nothing justifies the characterization as "safe spaces for ISIS."

the phantom's picture

Safe zones for ISIS in the sense that this would potentially allow weapons/money to get to ISIS and various other terrorist groups thorough the "Safe zone".  In other words, a funnel, in Syria, to provide support for terrorists.  Very plausable. Also, the big question... did the gov't of Syria invite us??

carlnpa's picture

Debka was reporting the "safe spaces" as buffers vs MCCain rearmament areas as in the past:

to the south between Hezbollah and Israel administered by USA, make sense

to the north a buffer between the Kurds and Turks administered by Syria/USA

in the north west a buffer administered by Turkey

to the west of Damascus a buffer administered by Russia

I believe most of the parites want ISIS dead at this point and Iran/Hezbollah out of Syria.


BorisTheBlade's picture

When everyone starts pounding ISIS, number of refugees from Al Raqqa and other places will skyrocket. Safe zones, I believe, are to be established in order for refugees to be given treatment within Syria instead of establishing refugee camps in Turkey or Jordan and prevent renewed flow into Europe when military operation really kicks in.

carlnpa's picture

Sounds resonable.

Wihout continuous rearmament and material support Isis will not last long.

We just need to get a grip on McCain and Grahm, and the State Department.

BorisTheBlade's picture

It correlates with what Trump and Mattis were saying, a year to wipe out ISIS. I think behind the scenes a lot is being discussed and some sort of coordinated effort will take place. Aleppo operation actually gave a pretty good template despite media hysteria: humanitarian corridors for civilians and right of safe passage for anyone ready to surrender. Then whoever is willing to fight are hammered hard.

Miss Expectations's picture

What about the Golan Heights?  They need to go back to Syria.

Asian Ronin's picture

The creation of "safe spaces" by the US would involve President Trump ordering the U.S. military to invade and occupy a sovereign country.  I understood (and supported the notion) that the election of Trump would see the end of these foreign invasions?  There is a workable peace deal and a more permanent resolution coming together with the assistance of Russia, Turkey and Iran - and with the acceptance of both the Syrian government and the non-ISIS rebel factions.  Why the rush to put American boots on the ground in yet another country?

BritBob's picture

Can the Ruskies be trusted?


Russia is a member of the UN C24 decolonisation committee and supports Spain's claim to Gibraltar. (supporting the lesser adversary). So much for the human and democratic rights of the people of Gibraltar and so much for that so-called sovereignty claim: Gibraltar - Some Relevant International Law: https://www.academia.edu/10575180/Gibraltar_-_Some_Relevant_Internationa...



GGuy's picture
GGuy (not verified) BritBob Jan 27, 2017 7:08 AM



That's your second shot of Obama man-chowder this morning.....slow down!

Stu Elsample's picture

Grampa always told us that we should trust a brilliant foreign leader rather than an incompetent big-eared blue-gummed nigger boy puppet

BarkingCat's picture

Bob, don't you have some pizza movies to watch?

otschelnik's picture


Ode to the First Week

 Against all odds he’s in the office oval,  

Inauguration day he said he meant each word.

In DC pink snowflakes fell in disapproval,

A wary bureaucracy their loins did gird.

The MSM yea democrats do sorely lose,

Lost in their own web of narrative,

Blowing at the lighthouse waves of fake news,  

N’er seeing the categorical imperative.

He finds time to dance at the deplora-ball,

Demands the reform of our EPA,

Secures the nation’s borders with a high wall,

Shuts websites LGBT, mends fence at CIA.

Won’t pay over-runs for the F-35 fighter,      

He breaks Buffet’s monopoly of fossil fuel,  

Will grab congress ‘er make our tax burden lighter,

Creates jobs back from o’rseas - economic renewal.

Our Marxism cultural he throws on the dump,

Oh, what surprises still await this era of Trump?



GGuy's picture



It will be a few years to some of you clowns figure out what is happening here.....

GGuy's picture
GGuy (not verified) GGuy Jan 27, 2017 7:24 AM

so you sniveling, cowardly clowns are disputing my factual post, and can do nothing but 'lash-out' by down arrowing? Why don't you call me some names for being right? lol



Nobody likes being fooled, so wake up and smell the CRAP!!!!! SAFE SPACES FOR ISIS IN SYRIA? WHAT'S NEXT, YELLEN FOR 8 MORE YEARS, OR SOME OTHER 'NAZI JOO?



otschelnik's picture

1. ISIS: The Obama administration / CIA has been supporting ISIS, Al-Nusra, and other terrorist groups in Syria for 5 years.  You can read Seymour Hersh's "Red Line and the Rat Line" to get the whole story. Or if your a dimocrap you can see Tulsi Gabbard's recent bills trying to stop gun running to these groups, i mean if you only trust your own tribe.

2. NAZIs at FED:  Janet Yellen is chairman of the FED, appointed by Obama, and her term is not subject to changes of presidential administration. 

Pls check your facts before calling people on ZH clowns. 

GGuy's picture

Learn to read, clown

Miss Expectations's picture

In addition to the profane whores who took to the stage in DC, there was one psychopath who stood out.

This is what she did to a man: "For the next 15 to 20 days (police aren’t sure just when Vigliarole died), the man was starved, burned, beaten, and tortured."

The Women Movement’s Embrace of Rape-Torturer Psychopath Donna Hylton


Oh, and then there's Chelsea Handler, the one who doesn't want to interview Malania Trump because "she barely speaks English".  Well, Chelsea should keep her mouth shut, especially when she's being urinated on...it really happened:


Wahooo's picture

Putin seems to be the only world leader meeting Trump halfway. Good for them.

WTFUD's picture

That's because he's the ONLY World Leader.

GGuy's picture
GGuy (not verified) WTFUD Jan 27, 2017 7:39 AM

The last white leader of the last free white country on earth....THAT'S WHY HE'S GOT TO FUCKING GO!


How can Greater Israel and the Joo World Order thrive with a 'nuclear' white run country still around?

Putin kicked JEWrge Sewer-os out of Russia for a reason...he's not fucking stupid

new game's picture

the dawn of a new era...

Stu Elsample's picture

Trump, and Putin....white western civilization's saviors

GGuy's picture

Trump is playing GOOD COP with Putin right now, convincing America what a great guy he is. Do right by America and pretend to make friends with Russia, but at the same time announce that ISIS NEEDS THEIR 'SAFE SPACE' INSIDE SYRIA (TO ATTACK RUSSIA AND ASSAD)


Even you 'informed' ZH'ers are lapping this shit up.


Soon, when the time is right THE GREAT TRUMPKIN WILL RISE FROM THE PATCH, and say he was wrong about Putin and Russia...and that he had learned his lesson....and then it will be time for Bad Cop Trumpkin to show his true colors....just as soon as the 'NAZI Joo owned FED tells him to.

Stu Elsample's picture

Trump/Putin Treaty: Let the filthy 3rd world trash fight each other...we bomb the fuck out of them if they harm us.

GGuy's picture

TRUMPS SAFE SPACES FOR ISIS IN SYRIA and "TREATY" go together like vinegar and ice cream.....


Do you really think Putin is as dumb and gullible as most of the posters on this thread now appear?

Stu Elsample's picture

hey...mutton head...if your enemies are all gathered in one "safe space", rather than spread about, don't you think that wiping them all out at once would be much easier??

It's crayons and a coloring book for you

CNONC's picture

Sorry abou my previous post. I assumed you were interested in another view on the topic, but now I know you're just making shit up out of whole cloth.

otschelnik's picture

Yes, just an antisemetic troll, he's all over the place. 

TheytookERjobs's picture

This is outrageous. Making peace instead of war? How dare he

Fathead Slim's picture
Fathead Slim (not verified) TheytookERjobs Jan 27, 2017 7:10 AM

He's not making peace yet. This shit in Syria is stupid. If his supporters, of whom I'm one, can't be heard, the neocons can still pull off a big fuckup and put him at odds with Russia.

Lynn Trainor's picture

I voted for Trump too and it's a very big deal to me, I'm waiting to see, that Trump hits it off with Putin.  Been watching Putin for years, he's a good man! - going to be very disappointed if things go sour with Putin.  I wish Putin had been Trump's first foreign visitor instead of globalist Theresa May.

Urban Redneck's picture

The US sanctions EXPIRE in March.  It's up to Trump whether to renew them or not, and to sign or veto any additional sanctions legislated by the war mongers on Capitol Hill.  

Trump isn't making peace yet.

GGuy's picture



Tell us how 'SAFE SPACES FOR ISIS IN SYRIA' is "making peace"



Your post is ridiculously ill thought out, and woefully ignorant....



Hey, this IS the FIGHT CLUB!



P.S., downarrowing without answering the question just proves to yourself what a coward you are!

NewHugh's picture
Tsai Ing-wen is making a serious effort.  But "thanks" to Nixon not so much a world leader any more.
Fathead Slim's picture
Fathead Slim (not verified) Jan 27, 2017 7:06 AM

I just hope that Trump cuts the neocon agenda loose in Syria before it's FUBAR. He's getting some very bad advice from some very bad fuckers who should have been ignored. If he lets them fuck up, he and Putin won't have much to talk about.

GGuy's picture

Most here seem to back his 'SAFE SPACES FOR ISIS IN SYRIA' AGENDA, w/o realizing that it is incompatible with his 'Making Friends With Russia" agenda...



LOL@STUPIDITY....'you' clowns are worse than the Hoax and Chains Obowelmovement dupes!

EuroPox's picture

Obama suffered much ridicule over the 'Putin plays chess while Obama plays checkers' meme.  This was a clever idea devised by Obama's advisers to hide the fact that Obama could not play checkers.

Stu Elsample's picture

he wouldn't play unless the checkers were all black