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Trump, Putin to speak on Tuesday: White House

Xinhua | Updated: 2017-05-02 10:39

WASHINGTON - The White House said on Monday US President Donald Trump will speak by phone with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday, their first call since Washington and Moscow wrangled over a US strike on Syrian government last month.

According to the daily schedule of Trump released by the White House, the call will be made on Tuesday at 12:30 pm EDT (1630 GMT).

Trump on April 6 ordered a targeted missile strike at a Syrian military airfield in response to a chemical weapons attack in the rebel-held Syrian town of Khan Sheikhoun allegedly launched by the Syrian government.

After the US strike, Syrian state TV called the assault an "aggression" and both Russia and Syria had denied that the Syrian government launched the chemical weapons attack.

The Russian government also condemned the US strike against the Syrian government as "aggression against a sovereign state in violation of international law."

After the incident, Trump told reporters last month that the United States is "not getting along with Russia at all" and the relations between the two countries "may be at an all-time low.

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