German Chancellor Merkel to speak to US President Trump on Jan 28

German Chancellor Angela Merkel is likely to speak with US President Donald Trump on Saturday (Jan 28).
German Chancellor Angela Merkel is likely to speak with US President Donald Trump on Saturday (Jan 28). PHOTO: REUTERS

BERLIN (REUTERS) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel is likely to speak with US President Donald Trump on Saturday (Jan 28) and the conversation is expected to focus on Russia, a source familiar with the matter told Reuters on Friday (Jan 27).

The source did not say whether Mr Trump might want to speak with Dr Merkel about a lifting of the US sanctions imposed on Russia in response to its intervention in Ukraine, as overnight reports from the United States suggested.

But the source made clear that if such a step were taken, then the European Union would not necessarily follow Washington, as its sanctions remain tied to implementation of the Minsk peace deal.