(CNN)-US President Donald Trump will speak Saturday by telephone with five world leaders -- most significantly Russia's Vladimir Putin and Germany's Angela Merkel -- in what may be his biggest day of diplomacy yet.
Saturday's call will be Trump's first phone conversation with the Russian President since his inauguration last week, and one whose outcome will be closely studied.
Both Trump and Putin have said they would like to see warmer ties between their two nations. However, relations between Trump and his team and Russia have been under scrutiny following allegations that Moscow meddled in the US election last year.
Speaking Friday at his first White House news conference, Trump indicated a willingness to work with Moscow.
But he said it was "too early" to discuss removing sanctions that his predecessor, President Barack Obama, imposed on Russia.
"We'll see what happens," Trump said of the call, which Vice President Mike Pence will also join.
"We're looking to have a great relationship with all countries," Trump said. "If we can have a great relationship with Russia and China and all countries I'm all for that."
On Friday night, however, a senior administration official said the current plan was not to lift the Russian sanctions.
The Kremlin has sought to lower expectations, suggesting Putin is simply calling as a matter of protocol to congratulate the US leader on his inauguration.
But there is some excitement in Russia about a possible detente between Washington and Moscow under the Trump administration.
Obama imposed sanctions on Russia throughout his eight years in office and earlier this month expelled 35 Russian diplomats from the United States over alleged Russian interference in the 2016 election.Read More...
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