Obama has not yet called Putin after vote, White House says

March 8, 2012 21:54


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WASHINGTON - US President Barack Obama has not yet contacted Vladimir Putin following his re-election as Russian president on Sunday, but does intend to, the White House said on Thursday.

Asked whether the silence from Obama was a sign of a cooler relationship between Washington and Moscow following Putin's return as head of state, White House spokesman Jay Carney said the countries would keep collaborating on Iran and other issues."I am confident they will speak, I would not read anything into it beyond (their) busy schedules," Carney told reporters after describing a Thursday morning video conference between Obama and the president of Afghanistan, Hamid Karzai.

Obama made a "reset" of US relations with Russia one of his top foreign policy priorities after taking office three years ago, and had a good working relationship with departing Russian President Dmitri Medvedev.

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