An employee polishes traditional Russian wooden nesting dolls depicting Donald Trump (L), U.S. president-elect at the time, and Russian President Vladimir Putin at a gift shop in central Moscow, Russia, Jan. 16, 2017. Russians have largely greeted Donald Trump’s ascendancy to the White House with high hopes for a new era of improved relations.
Russians have largely greeted Donald Trump’s ascendancy to the White House with high hopes for a new era of improved relations with the United States. And judging by this week’s reaction, the first telephone call between Presidents Trump and Putin has done nothing to diminish those expectations.
In his influential weekly news program Vesti Nedeli, anchor Dmitry Kiselev praised the 45-minute conversation as the “most awaited phone call on Earth.”
“Donald Trump is fulfilling his election promises and getting rid of Obama’s pathetic legacy,” Kiselev said during the broadcast.
Kremlin officials have been more circumspect, if only slightly.
On Monday, presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov described the conversation as “constructive” with both men showing a desire to resolve “complex issues through dialogue…”
(Cont) VOICE OF AMERICA