The United States President Donald Trump on Tuesday congratulated President Vladimir Putin of Russia on his victory in the recent presidential election.
Mr Trump revealed he had spoken on the phone to the newly re-elected Russian leader during a White House appearance today.
Mr Trump said: “I had a call with President Putin and congratulated him on his electoral victory.”
He said the pair will meet soon to discuss the “arms race”. Mr Putin said after his election victory that he did not want to escalate the weapons race with the West.
Mr Trump also said the pair would discuss the Syrian civil war, the situation in Ukraine and the North Korean regime.
In the same vein, Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari extended his “sincere congratulations” to President Putin, in a letter on behalf of himself, the government and people of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
In the letter, the president said Mr. Putin’s “success for the fourth time in the election is a clear testimony of the confidence” Russians have in his leadership.
He also urged his Russian counterpart to “see this victory as a base to continue to promote international peace and stability.”
President Buhari assured President Putin of “Nigeria’s commitment to a stronger and mutually beneficial relation with the Russian Federation under your watch.”
He said he looked forward to continue working with the Russian leader “to strengthen our defence, trade and technical partnerships as well as promotion of private sector participation in all sectors of our economies.”
Putin won a new term of another six years, after receiving 75 percent of the vote in the 2018 presidential election.
The main opposition leader, Alexei Navalny, was barred from the race while Pavel Grudinin of the Communist Party, Putin’s closest rival secured 11.2 percent votes.