McCain rips Trump for his call congratulating Vladimir Putin on election win

John McCain R-Ariz

John McCain R-Ariz

The Wh ite House defended President Trump's call congratulating Russian leader Vladimir Putin on his re-election victory, saying it's important to keep a "dialogue" open after Sen.

"The presidents spoke in favor of developing a practical interaction in various areas, including the issues of strategic stability and combating worldwide terrorism".

Trump described the conversation as "a very good call.' He said the two leaders would most likely discuss the 'arms race" which he described as 'out of control'. Trump also said the two discussed getting together sometime in the near future. Tensions between two countries have run high anew as the USA closed Russian diplomatic compounds in San Francisco and Washington, DC, stirring up a diplomatic scandal.

"Satisfaction has been expressed with a certain decrease in tensions around the Korean peninsula", the Kremlin added. In addition, Putin and Trump stressed the necessity to resolve the nuclear crisis by diplomatic means.

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Trump's comments drew significant criticism among USA politicians, including by Arizona GOP Sen.

'We disagree with the fact that we shouldn't have conversations with Russian Federation. Afterwards, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said he was not ruling out that there would be no common position on the North Korea policy in the U.S. after the departure of Rex Tillerson as secretary of state.

The Kremlin also said on Tuesday that Trump congratulated Putin on his win during their call and the leaders spoke "in favor of developing practical cooperation in various areas, including in ensuring strategic stability and combating global terrorism". There is no need to dramatize, ' he said.

According to the statement, Putin and Trump also exchanged views on the issues of economic cooperation. "The energy sector was discussed separately", the statement said.

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White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders told reporters a few hours later that "there are no specific plans made at this time" for a meeting.

This isn't the first time McCain has taken the gloves off to condemn Trump's coziness with his Russian counterpart, but it's certainly one of his most piercing critiques of the Republican president.

Russian Federation is under pressure from London to explain how its former double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter were poisoned on British soil, with a nerve agent the United Kingdom says is Soviet-designed. Russian Federation has repeatedly denied interfering in the USA vote.

Putin won the contest with about 77 per cent of the vote, drawing eye-rolls - and few immediate congratulation calls - from the West.

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