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"President Obama called Russian President-elect and Prime Minister Putin to congratulate him on his recent victory in the Russian Presidential election", said a statement from Obama's White House in March 2012.

Trump told reporters on Tuesday as he met with Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman of Saudi Arabia that he had congratulated Putin in a call.

"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", Trump said, though the White House later clarified that there was no specific plans for a summit meeting as of now. "Special attention was focused on the issue of a possible top-level meeting", the Kremlin said.

"The leaders spoke in favour of developing practical cooperation in various areas, including ensuring strategic stability and combating worldwide terrorism".

"As you know, [Putin] made a statement that being in an arms race is not a great thing, and it was right after the election, one of the first statements he made", Trump said.

Donald Trump has called to congratulate Vladimir Putin on his landslide victory in Sunday's elections, breaking a taboo among western leaders in appearing to endorse the Russian leader's re-election to a fourth term in power.

"We are spending $700 billion on our military, and a lot of it is that we are going to remain stronger than any other nation in the world by far", Trump said.

Nauert is citing a preliminary report by the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe that says Russia's election took place in an overly controlled environment that lacked an even playing field for all contenders.

"I had a call with President Putin, and congratulated him on the victory, his electoral victory", Trump said, ignoring concerns about the vote being rigged in the Russian strongman's favor.

The Post noted that the same briefing document supplied to the president about the call also urged Trump to discuss allegations of Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election and to condemn a nerve agent attack on a former Russian spy in England earlier this month. "I wouldn't read much into it", Corker said.

Ties between Russian Federation and the United States have been severely strained by disagreements over issues including Russia's aggression in Ukraine, its role in the war in Syria, and its alleged interference in Western politics and elections. Russian Federation has denied the accusations.

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. Three of Trump's associates - former national security adviser Michael Flynn, deputy campaign chairman Rick Gates and campaign aide George Papadopoulos - have pleaded guilty to lying to investigators and agreed to cooperate.