Trump congratulates Putin on election, leaders look to meet soon

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President Donald Trump's congratulatory call to Russian President Vladimir Putin on his re-election touched on foreign policy issues but reportedly made no mention of Russia's alleged interference in the USA election, the White House has revealed.

Trump talked to reporters about the call with Putin, saying it was "very good".

DONALD Trump congratulated Vladimir Putin on his Russian election win - but did NOT bring up the poisoning of ex-spy Sergei Skripal in the UK.

Senator John McCain, the Arizona Republican, criticised Mr Trump's outreach to the Russian leader.

During Tuesday's White House press briefing, Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders was asked if the topic of Saudi Arabia's human rights violations came up during Trump's meeting with the crown prince.

Trump said that he called Putin to congratulate him on winning his fourth term in office, and listed policy concerns that the two leaders meant to discuss in the future, including the "out of control" arms race.

The U.S. State Department endorsed the OSCE's preliminary findings, said spokeswoman Heather Nauert, and called Trump's call to Putin "protocol".

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On Sunday, Putin won more than 75% of the vote in Russia's presidential election, securing him at least another six years in power. White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said there are now no specific details regarding the time and location of the bilateral meeting. He also said they "will probably get together in the not-too-distant future" to talk about the global arms race and other mutual concerns, such as the war in Syria and North Korea's development of nuclear weapons.

The UK government blamed the nerve agent attack on Russian Federation, which denies any involvement.

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

Trump's decision Tuesday to ignore his advisers' guidance and congratulate Putin adds another layer to an emerging portrait in which the United States president has demonstrated a reluctance to confront the Russian leader amid an ongoing investigation into whether the Trump campaign colluded with Moscow to tilt the 2016 election in his favor.

"It's blatantly obvious that he has just an inexplicable level of support for President Putin", said Julie Smith, a European security expert who served as deputy national security adviser for former vice president Joe Biden.

EU Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker also wrote a letter of congratulations to the Russian leader on Tuesday, pledging to "always be a partner" in improving security co-operation with the Kremlin. He also described a call he made to Putin to congratulate him on his reelection.

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