Russian poll authority confirms Putin's landslide victory in presidential election

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However, former president Barack Obama also wished Putin well after the Russian election on March 4, 2012.

On Wednesday, Trumptweeted: "I called President Putin of Russian Federation to congratulate him on his election victory (in past, Obama called him also)".

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. In November, after a meeting with Mr. Putin on the sideline of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation summit meeting in Danang, Vietnam, Mr. Trump said the Russian president "means it" when he denied having meddled in the 2016 election, and was "very insulted by" the charge, which is the conclusion of American intelligence agencies.

Obama called Putin five days after the vote, "to congratulate him on his recent victory", according to an official readout of the call. The fake news media is crazed because they wanted me to excoriate him.

British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said Wednesday that Russian Federation had wanted to send "a sign" with the nerve agent attack on Skripal to warn defectors that they can not escape Moscow's power. They can help solve problems with North Korea, Syria, Ukraine, ISIS, Iran and even the coming Arms Race.

Trump on to blast his predecessor, saying, "Bush tried to get along, but didn't have the "Smarts".

There was no such sentiment from Trump himself, with the president instead suggesting his warm relationship with Putin could reset relations.

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The White House said in a statement that it's a "fireable offence and likely illegal" to have leaked the president's briefing papers, according to USA media. National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster briefed the president in person before the call.

"Wrong then wrong now", Heritage Foundation senior fellow James Carafano tweeted of both the Obama and Trump calls to Putin.

Like so many other moments at the Trump White House, the story set off dueling narratives about what happened and why it occurred. In Syria and Ukraine, the United States has been harshly critical of Russian actions - to little avail - and has charged that Russia's ongoing support for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has made the final defeat of the Islamic State more hard.

The New York Times reported Wednesday that Trump pushed then chief of staff Reince Priebus to direct staffers to sign nondisclosure agreements.

Britain and its allies say Russian Federation was behind the attack on Skripal and his daughter, who remain in a critical condition after being poisoned in the English town of Salisbury with what London says is a Soviet-designed nerve agent.

"We recognise that the 2018 midterm, and future elections, are clearly potential targets for Russian hacking attempts", she said.

Moscow also continues a close relationship with Tehran, and the United States has accused Russian Federation of helping North Korea evade sanctions. Ironically, Trump is accused of "fueling an arms race" with Russian Federation as well as with North Korea's Kim Jong-un.

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