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Kremlin comments on Trump’s failure to congratulate Putin on re-election victory

March 20, 12:43 UTC+3

The US administration earlier said Washington did not find the results of the presidential election in Russia unexpected

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MOSCOW, March 20. /TASS/. The absence of any congratulatory message from US President Donald Trump to Vladimir Putin on his re-election victory is not an unfriendly move, Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov told the media, adding it would make sense "to sleep on it."

"This should not be regarded as an unfriendly step. Putin remains open to normalizing relations with our US partners, where it is of interest and crucial. The president has been getting many congratulatory messages from foreign leaders. Some may be unable to make a phone call due to a tight schedule, and others, for a different reason. There is no reason to make a mountain out of a molehill about anything here. Lastly, there is a good old saying: ‘Sleep on it’," Peskov noted.

"Putin has been receiving further congratulations from his foreign counterparts on Tuesday," he went on to say.

"Some telephone conversations are underway at the moment. We’ll brief you on them," Peskov said, adding that phone calls would continue in the afternoon after Putin’s meeting with parathletes.

The US administration earlier said Washington did not find the results of the presidential election in Russia unexpected.

"We’re not surprised by the outcome," White House Deputy Spokesman Hogan Gidley told the media on Monday. Currently there are no plans for a telephone conversation between Trump and Putin, he said.

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