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Trump calls Putin to congratulate him on re-election; McCain scoffs

21 March 2018

Trump offered highlights from what he called a "very good call" with Putin.

"The call had to do also with the fact that we will probably get together in the not too distant future so we can discuss arms, we can discuss the arms race".

"On the whole, the conversation was constructive and business-like", the Kremlin said, adding its goal was to help the two countries "overcome the problems that had accumulated in the Russian-US relations".

White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders says the poisoning of an ex-spy in Britain didn't come up in President Donald Trump's Tuesday call with Russia's Vladimir Putin.

Sanders told reporters that Trump also didn't raise the issues of election meddling or Russia's allegedly tainted voting process.

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Officials said the duo spoke by phone on Tuesday, days after the Russian leader secured a fourth term in the Kremlin.

With U.S. -Russian relations at a long-time low, Peskov said, "Putin remains open for normalizing relations with our American partners where it is in our interests".

In addition, Trump and Putin expressed satisfaction with the apparent easing of tensions over North Korea's weapons program, according to the Kremlin. John McCain, R-Ariz., who chairs the Senate Armed Services Committee and has pressed the Trump administration to respond aggressively to Russia's interference in the USA presidential election.

Trump and Putin discussed Ukraine and Syria as well as the process for a peaceful solution on North Korea.

"A special attention was given to considering the issue of a possible bilateral summit", the Kremlin statement said.

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British officials have blamed the nerve agent attack on Skripal and his adult daughter on Russian Federation.

President Muhammadu Buhari has extended "sincere congratulations" to President Vladimir Putin of Russian Federation on his victory in the recent presidential election.

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said on Tuesday he hoped President Vladimir Putin's landslide re-election victory would pave the way for a thaw in battered U.S. -Russia relations, the RIA news agency reported. Many others, including German Chancellor Angela Merkel, sent congratulatory telegrams.

A senior European Union official said leaders would debate "attribution of the attack" and see if there was "room for improvement" in the wording of the statement. Relations between the two countries instead have remained tense amid the allegations of Russian meddling in the 2016 USA presidential election and the investigations of whether there was collusion between Trump's campaign and Russia.

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