Trump congratulates Putin on landslide election victory
Trump congratulates Putin on landslide election victory
Denis Abramov TASS
22 March, 2018, 01:13
Now it's in a major diplomatic row with the United Kingdom, which blames Moscow for the poisoning of a former spy, his daughter, and a British policeman in the cathedral city of Salisbury. They remain critically ill. Other issues that will be discussed during the bilateral meeting will be Ukraine, Syria, and North Korea, Trump added. White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanderssaid there are now no specific details regarding the time and location of the bilateral meeting.
"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".
Putin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters Tuesday that he doesn't consider Trump's silence an "unfriendly move".
The White House press office declined to comment on the briefing materials given to Trump.
Two sources told the outlet those cards included instructions not to congratulate Putin - and the instruction was put in capital letters to emphasize the point.
According to the Post, which cited unnamed sources, it was not clear whether Trump even read the pre-call notes.
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Ahead of the vote, Putin had seen his approval ratings skyrocketed since the last election in 2012, with many analysts saying the rise in his popularity is mainly due to his successful policies toward regional issues, particularly the conflicts in Ukraine and Syria.
Trump, who vowed to improve relations with Russian Federation on taking office 14 months ago, is under pressure from Congress to take a tougher stance on Putin, his inner circle and scores ofRussian oligarchs.
President Donald Trump says he wants to meet with Russia's Vladimir Putin in the "not too distant future" to discuss the "arms race" between Russian Federation and the U.S.
"The President once again has maintained that it's important for us to have a dialogue with Russian Federation, so that we can focus on some areas of shared interests", said Sanders.
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders offered little clarification about a future meeting of the two presidents. Trump said that after his election, Putin "made a statement that being in an arms race is not a great thing".
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