The President of the United States Donald trump and German Chancellor Angela Merkel will hold on Saturday, January 28, a telephone conversation, the main theme of which will be Russia. On January 27, reports Reuters, citing its sources.
Presumably, the us leader will discuss with the head of the German Cabinet of Ministers the issue of the abolition of the U.S. sanctions imposed against Moscow. An unnamed spokesman made clear that if Washington will take this step, it is unlikely that the European Union will follow suit.
January 24 Minister of defence of Germany Ursula von der Leyen announced that Berlin opposes a full or partial lifting of sanctions against Russia in exchange for agreement on the reduction of nuclear weapons.
January 15, in an interview with Bild newspaper the Times and Donald trump made for the conclusion of nuclear agreements with Moscow in the framework of negotiations on the mitigation of anti-Russian sanctions. “Let’s see if we can make some good deals with Russia. I think I’ll start with the fact that nuclear weapons should be significantly reduced,” he said.
In 2014, a number of countries, including the USA and member States of the European Union, introduced against Moscow restrictions that affect the financial, energy and defense sectors of the Russian economy. The reason for the imposition of sanctions was the annexation of Crimea to Russia and the conflict in the South-East of Ukraine.