Xi greets Putin on election as Russian president

Xi greets Putin on election as Russian president

If he's re-elected, he'll be in office until at least 2024.

In some areas, free food and discounts in local shops were on offer near polling stations.

Officials were also reported to have strong-armed millions of students and government employees, as well as workers at private companies that rely on state contracts, into voting.

The central election commission says that with 99 percent of the ballots counted, Putin has won 76.6 percent.

Ultra-nationalist firebrand Vladimir Zhirinovsky took around 5.66 percent, former reality TV presenter Ksenia Sobchak was on 1.67 percent, while veteran liberal politician Grigory Yavlinsky received just over 1 percent of the vote.

Maas said: "The result of the election in Russian Federation surprised us just as little as the circumstances of this election - we certainly can't talk in every aspect about a fair political contest as we know it".

Without being specific, the National Front then urged the European Union to "put an end to its absurd and counterproductive politics of blackmail, threats and sanctions" against Russian Federation, "a vital ally in the war against terror and our common enemy, the Islamic State".

The nationwide exit poll conducted by the All-Russia Opinion Research Center (VTsIOM) showed that Putin won 73.9 percent of Sunday's presidential vote.

Independent election observers and activists have alleged numerous incidents of ballot stuffing and other irregularities in Sunday's vote.

The electoral commission dismissed most concerns, saying monitors sometimes misinterpret what they see. He said it's unacceptable that the election was also conducted in annexed Crimea.

Chinese President Xi Jinping on Monday greeted Mr Vladimir Putin for being re-elected as Russia's president for a second consecutive six-year term.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin struck a softer tone towards the West on Monday after winning his biggest ever election victory, saying he had no desire for an arms race and would do everything he could to resolve differences with other countries.

Many voters credit Putin, a 65-year-old former KGB spy, with standing up for Russia's interests in a hostile outside world, even though the cost is confrontation with the West. It's not clear what effect, if any, Navalny's call for a boycott had on the presidential race.

Navalny said in a video posted on YouTube that "on election day, one should usually want to say 'I voted, ' but in fact I'm here to say that I didn't go to vote".

"After he brought Crimea back, he became a hero to me".

Vladimir Putin has called for political unity as he starts his fourth term as president of Russian Federation.

In response, London expelled 23 Russian diplomats, prompting a tit-for-tat move by Moscow. Also this week, Washington hit Russian Federation with sanctions for trying to influence the 2016 United States election.

"The French president underlined his conviction that, once the terms are clarified, cooperation between Europe and Russian Federation is essential for the security of the European continent and in the interests of our countries", the statement said.

At home, Putin must face how to groom a successor or devise a strategy to circumvent term limits, how to diversify an economy still dependent on oil and gas, and how to improve medical care and social services in regions far removed from the cosmopolitan glitter of Moscow.

The president has said he will use his fourth term to address a litany of domestic problems including widespread poverty and poor healthcare.

Election officials flew to far-flung regions to collect votes from indigenous herders, while cosmonaut Anton Shkaplerov - the only Russian now aboard the International Space Station - cast his ballot by proxy.

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