When President Vladimir Putin held his first telephone conversation with U.S. President-elect Donald Trump on Monday, Nov. 14, they discussed many things related to a possible restoration of U.S.-Russian relations.
But, according to Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov, they did not discuss the one thing on everyone's mind: Will Trump follow through on his campaign trail intimations that he would recognize the annexed Crimean peninsula as Russian territory?
“It was not discussed,” Peskov was quoted by the RIA Novosti news agency as saying.
“The tone of the conversation corresponded with the tone of statements made during the American presidential campaign on bilateral relations,” Peksov said, “[but] they did not touch [Ukraine or Crimea], because — and I repeat – the current U.S. president is Barack Obama. It is with him that we will continue to work until the inauguration.”