The two have talked on the phone eight times since Trump assumed the presidency, according to readouts distributed by the White House - a pace that is roughly equivalent to the number of phone calls Barack Obama had with Putin in his final two years in office. He should have done, maybe I would have won by more.
Up till now, the West was united in accusing Russian Federation of using force to annex Crimea. Russian Federation was suspended from the G-7 in 2014 after it annexed Crimea, in a move that was widely condemned as a violation of global norms.
Putin and Trump first met during the G20 summit in Germany's Hamburg in July last year and again met for the second time in Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Vietnam in November last year. The Obama administration, along with the European Union and individual allied countries, imposed sanctions on Russian Federation over Crimea, and even members of Trump's Cabinet have said they will not be lifted until the situation is resolved.
Trump has repeatedly expressed a willingness to deal with Putin in spite of Russia's alleged meddling in the 2016 elections.
"It's possible that we'll meet, yeah", Trump told reporters.
"Because just like North Korea, just like somebody else, it's much better if we get along with them than if we don't". The vast majority of United Nations member states, including the U.S., recognises Crimea as Ukraine's rightful territory.
Meanwhile, the Russian president confirmed on June 10 that he was ready to meet with Trump as soon as the United States was also ready for that.
"Just so you understand, President Obama lost Crimea, just so you understand", he said. "It's his fault. It's his fault".