No Illusions: The Latest Trump Putin Call

On Tuesday President Donald Trump is scheduled to speak with Russian President Vladimir Putin at 12:30 p.m. Eastern/7:30 p.m. Moscow time. Notwithstanding the initial optimism greeting Trump’s election in the Russian Federation, following the difficult meeting after the American strike on Syria’s al-Shayrat air base between Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov joined by Putin in mid-April, neither side can enter negotiations with illusions as to any dramatic breakthroughs being possible.

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