Trump, Putin Speak; Kremlin Says Call Was Congratulatory

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny left discusses with Presidential candidate Ksenia Sobchak right as they observe election progress at the Foundation for Fighting Corruption office in Moscow Russia Sunday

In the Russian Election, Voters Had Nothing But Bad Options

At least one polling station video camera was obscured.

The independent election monitoring group Golos reported hundreds of irregularities.

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.

In Crimea, which was annexed from Ukraine exactly four years ago on Sunday, Putin won more than 92 percent of the vote.

Navalny, who had called on voters to boycott the election, urged his supporters not to lose heart and said his campaign had succeeded in lowering the turnout, accusing authorities of being forced to falsify the numbers.

Runner-up Grudinin said the elections had been "dishonest".

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.

Russia denies involvement in the pair's poisoning, but European powers have said it is a sign of increasingly aggressive Russian meddling overseas.

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"Demand justice; demand laws and courts that matter".

French President Emmanuel Macron repeated Monday that Moscow should "shed light on the responsibilities for the unacceptable attack in Salisbury, and to firmly regain control of any programs that have not been declared" to the OPCW.

ReutersRussian President Vladimir Putin (right) congratulates Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia on his birthday during a ceremony in Moscow, Russia on November 20, 2016. I would not have anything further to add in terms of Jean Claude Juncker's response, ' a spokesman said.

Since first being elected president in 2000, Putin has stamped his total authority on the world's biggest country, muzzling opposition, putting television under state control and reasserting Moscow's standing overseas. Putin appeared to set the course for exactly that when he unveiled a new generation of "invincible" nuclear weapons during a state of the nation address earlier this month.

Putin's new mandate could theoretically hand him the power to make bold reforms that Russian Federation has long needed to raise living standards and wean itself from its oil dependence.

NAN reports that on Friday, Britain ordered 23 Russian diplomats to leave the United Kingdom because Russia was not cooperating in the case of the Skripals, who were found March 4 poisoned by a nerve agent that British officials say was developed in Russia.

"But his failure to mention Russian's responsibility for a military nerve agent attack on innocent people in my constituency is nauseating". However, this came before a series of political clashes between Moscow and Washington that soured the relationship to levels not seen since the end of the Cold War.

Putin was re-elected to a fourth term on Sunday, winning 77 per cent of the vote after banning his main rival from standing and allegedly hiring cronies to stuff ballot boxes.

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