Putin, Obama to Meet After Presidential Inauguration

Russian President-elect Vladimir Putin and U.S. President Barack Obama have agreed to meet soon after Putin is sworn in on May 7, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told the Kommersant FM radio on Tuesday.

“Obama called Putin and they had a substantial discussion on key aspects of Russian-American relations and agreed to hold a direct meeting soon after the Russian president’s inauguration,” Lavrov said.

The telephone conversation between Obama and Putin took place on March 10.

Putin won the March 4 presidential election in Russia by a substantial majority.

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