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20 March, 2018, 04:36 | Author: Kim Reid
  • Russian TV host and presidential candidate Ksenia Sobchak speaks during an interview with the Associ

United States President Donald Trump is yet to congratulate Russian President Vladimir Putin following his landslide victory in the presidential election, and a phone call between the two leaders hasn't been set up yet, the White House confirmed on Monday.

Putin's supporters said Western pressure on the Russian leader, including British allegations of his involvement in a spy poisoning row and an Olympic doping ban, had prompted people to close ranks behind him.

In a victory speech near Red Square, Putin told a cheering crowd he interpreted the win as a vote of confidence in what he had achieved in tough conditions.

Putin, who has ruled Russian Federation for nearly two decades, recorded his best ever election performance with 76.67 percent of the vote but rejected the possibility of staying in power indefinitely.

Nearly 55.5 million voters supported his candidacy in the election that took place on Sunday paving the way for Putin, 65, to lead the country until 2024 after which he is constitutionally obliged to stand down, Sputnik news agency reported.

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

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

"What, am I going to sit here until I am 100 years old? No". "This goal has no relation whatsoever to the result of the vote", she said.

"We're not surprised by the outcome", Gidley said of the Russian election.

Navalny's opposition movement and the non-governmental election monitor Golos reported ballot stuffing, repeat voting and Putin supporters being bussed into polling stations en masse.

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He said Russian Federation did not stockpile the poison and that the Porton Down lab was only eight miles (12km) from the city. Speaking on the BBC's Andrew Marr show , Chizhov said Russian Federation had "no stockpiles whatever" of chemical weapons.

Russian Federation warned Britain yesterday (13 March) to expect reprisals if it announces sanctions over the poisoning of a former double agent, as the U.S. and other allies joined London in demanding answers on how a Soviet-designed nerve agent was used in the attack.

His comments, which are likely to be heard with some scepticism in the West following years of confrontation, mark a change in tone after a bellicose election campaign during which Mr. Putin unveiled new nuclear weapons, he said, could strike nearly any point in the world.

"The Prime Minister also stated that he looked forward to welcoming President Putin in India for the annual summit later this year", it added.

That said, Mr Putin, 65, will not rule forever, and his upcoming six-year term poses big challenges.

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