US President said he had spoken with his Russian counterpart, two days after Putin won a fourth term in office. The two leaders also paid "special attention" to "working out the issue of holding a possible meeting."
Despite the flawed electoral process in the Russian election, Vladimir Putin's popularity remains high. Russia has Putin in its future as far as the eye can see but that does not bode well for the country's economy, or for peace in the region.
EU ministers, without explicitly blaming Russia or threatening any repercussions, called on Moscow to "address urgently" British questions over its Novichok nerve agent programme.
Putin, who has ruled Russia for almost two decades, recorded his best election performance with 76.67 percent of the vote, but rejected the possibility of staying in power indefinitely.
Exit polls say that Vladimir Putin has won the presidential election with more than 70 percent of the vote after around 30 percent of the votes counted.
From the Pacific Ocean to the Baltic Sea across 11 time zones, Russia's electorate went to cast their votes in a presidential election that Vladimir Putin is widely expected to win.
There are seven other approved candidates, but Putin's access to friendly TV channels has limited their impact. None of them poses a serious challenge.
Unlike the last time Putin faced voters, this time he faces no serious opposition movement, and has strengthened his domestic support through his actions in Ukraine and Syria.
Relations between London and Moscow have crashed to a post-Cold War low after an attack on an ex-Russian spy, the first known offensive use of a nerve agent in Europe since World War Two.
The allegations from the West over Russia's meddling in the 2016 US election and the recent poisoning of an ex-spy from Russia in the UK seem to have failed to dampen President Putin's popularity among the voters.
US Treasury imposes sanctions on 19 Russians and five entities, accusing them of interference in the 2016 US election and alleged cyberattacks.
Russian President Vladimir Putin is assured of re-election on Sunday. But the most interesting contest won't happen. Putin critic Alexei Navalny was barred from standing. At most, the other candidates offer token opposition or have little support.
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