No desire for arms race: Putin tells West after winning elections

Putin’s victory will take his political dominance of Russian Federation to almost a quarter of a century, until 2024, making him the longest ruler since Soviet dictator Josef Stalin.

Near-final figures put turnout at 67.7 per cent, just shy of the 70 per cent the Kremlin was reported to have been aiming for before the vote.

With more than 56 million votes, it was Mr Putin’s biggest ever win and the largest by any post-Soviet Russian leader.

“If a Russian leader is very welcomed and received as. a personal friend, smiling together from morning to evening with different Western leaders, it raises suspicions here at home”, Baunov said.

The UK government has blamed Russian Federation for the poisoning in Salisbury of former spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia – an allegation Russian Federation rejects.

Putins showing was nearly certainly bolstered by his main rival, Alexei Navalny, being prevented from running because of a 2013 fraud conviction Navalny says was politically motivated, and, according to government critics, because brazen ballot-stuffing was ignored.

“President Trump congratulated President Putin on his March 18 re-election, and emphasized the importance of denuclearizing the Korean Peninsula”, the White House said.

Advocating dialogue with foreign states, he added: “But of course that doesn’t depend on us alone”.

Vladimir Putin was Monday set for another six years in power after his landslide victory in Russia’s presidential election but so far only close allies have congratulated him as Moscow’s relations with the West disintegrate.

In addition, the two presidents expressed satisfaction with the apparent easing of tensions over North Korea’s weapons program, according to the Kremlin.

“Special attention was given to considering the issue of a possible bilateral summit”, the Kremlin statement said.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has congratulated Russian president Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin for winning a second consecutive six-year long term as the President of the Russian Federation.

It was “unacceptable” that the election also took place in Crimea, which Russian Federation annexed from Ukraine four years ago in breach of global law, Maas said.

Mr. Trump’s congratulatory call comes after the USA and other ally nations have condemned Russian Federation over a suspected nerve gas attack in London.

“Currently, the China-Russia comprehensive strategic cooperative partnership is at the best level in history, which sets an example for building a new type of worldwide relations”, Xi said in a message to Putin.

Last week, the U.S. government announced it was enacting sanctions on 5 Russian entities and 19 individuals, for meddling in the 2016 United States presidential election.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders confirmed that Trump spoke with Putin Tuesday morning.

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

Last week, Xi was unanimously re-elected by the 2,970 deputies of Chinese parliament as President for a second five-year term.

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