Russia reacts to Trump’s failure to congratulate Putin on re-election

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Russia has said it does not consider failure of U.S. President, Donald Trump to congratulate President Vladimir Putin on his re-election as an unfriendly move.

Kremlin spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, said this on Tuesday.

“First of all, we do not consider it an unfriendly move. You know that President Putin remains open to normalisation of relations with our U.S. partners where it is interesting and necessary for us”, Peskov told reporters.

“Secondly, you know that the president receives a large number of congratulations from foreign leaders, someone cannot call because of the schedule, someone for other reasons, there is nothing to exaggerate”.

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

Putin’s victory will take his political dominance of Russia to nearly a quarter of a century, until 2024, by which time he will be 71.

Putin has promised to use his new term to beef up Russia’s defenses against the West and to raise living standards.



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