Russian Federation election: Trump congratulates Putin over victory

22 March, 2018, 01:30 | Author: Chad Mckenzie
  • Denis Abramov  TASS

According to The Washington Post, Trump's advisers included a warning in his briefing materials, in all caps, which said, "DO NOT CONGRATULATE" Putin on his victory in the Russian election last week.

President Donald Trump's National Security Council has drawn up a range of options should the President decide to take action against Russian Federation after the poisonings of a former spy and his daughter on United Kingdom soil, according to multiple State Department officials and a person familiar with the discussion.

Mr Trump's call with Mr Putin came less than a week after the USA issued financial sanctions against a St Petersburg-based "troll farm" and Russian intelligence services that are alleged to have meddled in the 2016 election on the President's behalf.

US Senator John McCain criticised Mr Trump over the call.

"An American president does not lead the free world by congratulating dictators on winning sham elections", he said in a statement.

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He said he and Mr. Putin were likely to meet soon to discuss those issues.

Putin won a landslide re-election victory on Sunday, extending his rule over the world's largest country for another six years.

The White House later said there were no specific plans for a meeting.

It was not clear whether Trump read the notes, administration officials said. "What we do know is that Putin has been elected in their country, and that's not something that we can dictate to them how they operate".

The US leader failed to mention the nerve-agent attack - despite the US issuing a statement last week, along with Britain, France and Germany, condemning Russian Federation.

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The two leaders talked over the phone on Tuesday and discussed U.S. -Russia relations and denuclearizing the Korean Peninsula. London has blamed Moscow for the attack, a charge Russian Federation denies.

Addressing a crowd in his electoral campaign headquarters on Sunday night, Putin thanked the voters for their support and said Russian Federation had a great future ahead of it.

"The leaders spoke in favour of developing practical cooperation in different spheres, including on questions of how to ensure strategic stability and fight worldwide terrorism", the Kremlin said in a statement. Information on Syria and North Korea were also provided to the president in writing before the call, officials said.

He has received calls from a number of leaders, including Chinese President Xi Jinping and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, congratulating him on his victory.

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