Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko will hold talks in Berlin Monday with Chancellor Angela Merkel on the separatist conflict in Ukraine, Interfax Ukraine news agency quoted the president’s spokesman as saying.

 

The visit will follow a telephone conversation between the German leader and U.S. President Donald Trump Saturday which is expected to focus on Russia.

 

It is unclear if Trump will discuss a lifting of the U.S. sanctions imposed on Moscow.

 

Trump’s admiration of Russian President Vladimir Putin and stated desire to improve bilateral ties have stoked fears in Kiev that international pressure on Russia could waver.