Published: Wed, March 21, 2018
Health Care | By Alice Shelton

Trump plans to meet Putin, congratulates him

Trump plans to meet Putin, congratulates him

The U.S. State Department endorsed the OSCE's preliminary findings, said spokesperson Heather Nauert, and called Trump's call to Putin "protocol". She says opposition leaders were intimidated or jailed.

"I'm not aware that that came up specifically", she said.

Nauert's comments are notably tougher on Russian Federation than those of the White House.

Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona, a frequent Trump critic, called the president's call "odd".

Trump's national security team had told Trump not to congratulate Putin on winning a fourth term during a phone call on Tuesday, even placing a section in his briefing materials that read "DO NOT CONGRATULATE" in all-capital letters, according to the Post.

The coordinated approach followed the Salisbury nerve agent attack earlier this month that has left a former Russian double agent and his daughter in comas and has plunged relations between London and Moscow to their worst in a generation. What we do know is that Putin has been elected in their country, and that's not something that we can dictate to them. Russian Federation denies interference in the election.

Russian President Vladimir Putin should not expect congratulations from the White House for winning another election in a result that Washington has dismissed as "unsurprising". "And by doing so with Vladimir Putin, President Trump insulted every Russian citizen who was denied the right to vote in a free and fair election to determine their country's future, including the countless Russian patriots who have risked so much to protest and resist Putin's regime", The Guardian quoted McCain as saying.

McCain has previously called Putin a murderer and a thug.

On March 15, Washington imposed sanctions on Russian entities and individuals over what US intelligence agencies say was Moscow's meddling in the 2016 USA presidential election that put Trump in the White House.

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Speaking to reporters in the Oval Office, Trump said that the two leaders would probably discuss the "arms race, which is getting out of control".

Moscow and Washington are also at odds over crises in Ukraine and Syria, which Trump said would be discussed in a meeting along with the denuclearization of North Korea.

Sanders said Trump didn't criticize the conduct of Russia's election in the call. "I'm always reminded of the election they used to have in nearly every communist country where whoever the dictator was at the moment always got huge percentage of the vote".

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Tuesday that he will probably meet Russian President Vladimir Putin who won Sunday's election in a landslide victory "in the not too distant future".

The Kremlin said in a statement that the two presidents also spoke Tuesday about the need to coordinate efforts to limit the arms race and closer cooperation on strategic stability and counter-terrorism.

Apart from that, according to the Kremlin press service, the two leaders discussed further contacts between the two countries and topical global issues.

Trump "emphasized the importance of denuclearizing the Korean Peninsula", the White House added in a separate statement. Relations between the two countries instead have remained tense amid the allegations of Russian meddling in the 2016 United States presidential election and the investigations of whether there was collusion between Trump's campaign and Russia.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters that Skripal's case was not discussed.

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". Opposition leader Alexey Navalny, who was banned from running against Putin, said observers sent out to the polls put the turnout at 10 points lower than the official number of 67.5 percent.

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