Trump doesn't raise ex-spy death with Putin

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny left discusses with Presidential candidate Ksenia Sobchak right as they observe election progress at the Foundation for Fighting Corruption office in Moscow Russia Sunday

European Union chief Jean-Claude Juncker is under fire for congratulating Vladimir Putin on his re-election as Russian President amid the diplomatic crisis over the Salisbury spy poisoning.

Mr Putin, who won a.

"We're not surprised by the outcome", he said, when asked about the fairness of the election, public broadcaster Voice of America reported. They were later filmed boarding a Russian Air Force plane, seen off by Russian Ambassador to the United Kingdom Alexander Yakovenko.

"What, am I going to sit here until I am 100 years old? No".

He also said that aside from the Philippines, the Russian government is also looking forward to building strong and reliable relationship with other Asean countries.

Selfie competitions, giveaways, food festivals and children's entertainers were laid on at polling stations in a bid to create a festive atmosphere around the election. The election was tainted by reports of voting irregularities.

Putin's nearest challenger, Communist Party candidate Pavel Grudinin, received just 12 percent - the party's worst showing in the post-Soviet era.

"The latest attacks on the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Department of Justice serve no American interests - no party's, no president's, only Putin's", he said in a February statement.

Runner-up Grudinin said the elections had been "dishonest".

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It also said it is ordering the closure in Russian Federation of the British Council, a government-backed organisation for cultural and scientific cooperation, and is ending an agreement to reopen the British consulate in St. Petersburg.

The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) said there had been no real choice in Russia's presidential election and complained it had been marked by unfair pressure on critical voices.

"Demand justice; demand laws and courts that matter".

UK Prime Minister Theresa May has accused Russia of orchestrating the attack, and Russian officials have repeatedly denied carrying out the poisoning.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel wished Putin success and called for more dialogue.

"A special attention was given to considering the issue of a possible bilateral summit", the Kremlin statement said.

"To congratulate Vladimir Putin on his election victory without referring to the clear ballot rigging that took place is bad enough".

Russian President Vladimir Putin holds a telephone conversation with Alexander Zakharchenko, the leader of so-called Donetsk People's Republic, and Igor Plotnitsky, the head of the so-called Lugansk People's Republic, at the Kremlin in Moscow, November 15, 2017.

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