MOSCOW - Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke to Barack Obama by telephone and congratulated him a second time over his victory in the US presidential election, the Kremlin said on Tuesday.

Putin wished Obama success in "forming a new team" and the two leaders "confirmed their interest in the consistent development of bilateral relations in all areas including economic aspects," the Kremlin said in a statement.

Putin repeated an invitation to visit Russia and Obama expressed readiness to do so, the statement said.

Putin had sent a Obama a telegram on Nov. 7, the day after the election, congratulating him on winning "by a big margin" after a tough campaign and saying he hoped Obama would visit Russia next year.

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