Xi greets Putin on election as Russian president

Russia votes but outcome is clear: 6 more years of Putin

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.

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.

Related News:



Most liked

Modi resorting to 'jumla' over farm income, says Manmohan Singh
Sidhu, who as a BJP MP had targeted former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for being silent, lavished praise on him. When Modi was campaigning, he made lots of tall promises.

Stop, Rewind: UMBC exploited Virginia's interior defense in unprecedented victory
During one 10-minute period in the middle of the second half, the teams combined to score 17 points. Regardless of Sunday's outcome, UMBC is now a nationally-known program thanks to one special win.

Avengers: Infinity War breaks ticket pre-sale records in just hours
In Homecoming , Tony already offered him a spot on the Avengers and Peter wasn't ready for that just yet. Killing off Tony would show Peter just how serious and unsafe things can be.

Fifth Harmony announce hiatus to pursue "solo endeavours"
However, the remaining girls insisted they were not breaking up, and released their third studio album as a four-piece. Rumours rose last night that the group would be releasing a statement this morning and they did just that.

Floyd Mayweather Says He's Applying For MMA License
The former IBF world champion lasted all of three minutes before being submitted by Couture. My hand game, on a scale of one to 10, is 100.

Prince Harry Refuses To Sign A Pre-Nup Before Marrying Meghan Markle
George's Chapel at Windsor Castle, is estimated to add up to one billion pounds (€ 1.14 billion) to the United Kingdom economy. Prince William also refused to sign a prenup before marrying Kate Middleton, according to Fox News.

Schumer calls for probe of FAA over open-door helicopter tours
After the crash, Schumer called on the FAA to ban all flights operated by Liberty Helicopters until an investigation was complete.

Chennedy Carter's clutch 3 caps Texas A&M comeback over DePaul
Purdue led by as many as 10 points in the second half, but Butler cut the deficit to two and had the ball in the final minute. Reaching the Sweet 16 is a start to redemption. "I never did doubt", he said after the destruction of North Carolina .

Norway does not recognize Russian election in Crimea
Despite the convincing results of the referendum, Kiev refused to recognize Crimea as part of Russian Federation . In addition, Parubiy said the Russian aggressor had deliberately chosen March 18 as an election date.

U.S. begins tariff exemption process for certain goods
A tariff on these products would be a tax on every American. "Simply put, tariffs are damaging taxes on American consumers". But the groups say they worry that imposing additional tariffs on China are isn't the best way to respond.

Lionel Messi Admits World Cup 2018 Is His Last Chance At Glory!
The 30-year-old played a decisive role in Argentina's World Cup qualifying campaign, after being in danger of losing out a spot in World Cup 2018.

India to take on Bangladesh in summit clash this evening
India needed five runs of the last ball and Dinesh Karthik smashed a remarkable six over cover off Soumya Sarkar's bowling. Due to the behaviour of Shakib, he was fined, therefore, in the game they maintained the decorum and played really well.

White House: No personnel changes imminent
President Trump said Thursday in the Oval Office that news reports of a coming mass exodus from his White House are 'very false'. He was reportedly furious when Trump chose to oust Tillerson in a tweet.

Thousands of Syrians flee as two major battles rage
The Observatory said about 50,000 had left the southern pocket in the past 72 hours and thousands left on Sunday. The weekslong violence in eastern Ghouta has left about 1,400 civilians dead and more than 5,000 wounded.

Rising trend of casino apps
For those who are looking for a specific game, Cherry Rush also includes a description of what games can be found each site. It used to be that if someone wanted to play a casino game they had to find a land based venue.