Trump offers Putin condolences over plane crash: White House

Washington (AFP) – US President Donald Trump called his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin on Monday to offer his condolences after a deadly plane crash near Moscow, a White House official told AFP.

The call between the two leaders — who are at the center of an FBI investigation into Moscow’s alleged meddling in the 2016 US election — took place after a plane crashed minutes after take-off from Domodedovo airport, killing all 71 people on board. 

Russian officials said the pair also discussed the Middle East peace process.