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President Trump said Tuesday that he spoke with Russian President Vladimir Putin to congratulate him on his recent election victory and said that the two would likely get together in the not too distant future to discuss what he called "the arms race", Ukraine, Syria, and North Korea.

Apart from that, the two leaders "expressed satisfaction over the reduction of tension around the Korean Peninsula and stressed the necessity to continue consistent efforts to resolve the situation by peaceful, diplomatic means", wrote TASS.

Senator John McCain, who has been a vocal Republican critic of Trump, quickly issued a statement about the president's discussion with Putin.

The US president has consistently refused to criticise Putin, or acknowledge that Moscow might have played any part in putting him in the White House.

Pyongyang's nuclear program was also on the agenda as Trump pushes forward with plans for a historic summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

Trump also chose not to heed talking points from aides instructing him to condemn Putin about the recent poisoning of a former Russian spy in the United Kingdom with a powerful nerve agent, a case that both the British and USA governments have blamed on Moscow.

Those sanctioned included a wealthy businessman nicknamed "Putin's chef" and the Internet Research Agency, a producer of politically charged online content which has gained notoriety as a "troll factory".

"An American president does not lead the Free World by congratulating dictators on winning sham elections".

Putin received calls from a number of other foreign leaders, including French President Emmanuel Macron, Chinese President Xi Jinping, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

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The British government has blamed Moscow for the attack with a military-grade nerve agent.

The White House National Security Council declined to comment on the report.

The White House said Monday that it is "not surprised by the outcome" of Sunday's election, and that no congratulatory call was planned.

"Putin was elected", she added.

Trump's optimistic attitude regarding a meeting with Putin comes as sanctions were imposed on Russian Federation in retaliation for its efforts to interfere in the 2016 presidential election.

The president did neither, and the Post said it was unclear if Trump had even read the material.

"I suspect that we'll probably be meeting in the not too distant future to discuss the arms race, to discuss the arms race, which is getting out of control, but we will never allow anybody to have anything even close to what we have", Trump said.

Trump did not comment on the attack at first, a move that floored former diplomats who wondered why the United States did not offer its immediate and unwavering support to its closest worldwide ally. He has also spoken about the need to avoid another arms race, despite using his pre-election address to showcase new Russian arms.


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