After election, Macron urges Putin to act on Syria, Russian democracy
After election, Macron urges Putin to act on Syria, Russian democracy
Russian President Vladimir Putin listens to employees of Uralvagonzavod factory in Nizhny Tagil Rus
20 March, 2018, 04:46
There had been no doubt that Putin would win in his fourth electoral contest; he faced seven minor candidates and his most prominent foe was blocked from the ballot.
Vladimir Putin was on Monday set for another six years in power after winning a record victory in Russia'spresidential election but so far only allies have congratulated him as Moscow's relations with the West disintegrate.
Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud also congratulated Putin on his election victory, the Saudi Press Agency said on Monday.
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.
In addition to blaming each other for sabotaging effective political resistance to Putin, would-be opposition leaders must face the reality of an electorate so heavily controlled by the Kremlin, so paranoid due to Putin's New Cold War rhetoric, and so jaded by corruption that they can not get worked up about the possibility of dramatic change.
French leader Emmanuel Macron telephoned Mr Putin to wish Russia and its people success, and the Russian leader is understood to have responded by denying his country's involvement in the poisoning of Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia.
"Of course I'm for Putin, he's a leader", said Olga Matyunina, a 65-year-old retired economist. "No", he told reporters on Sunday night when asked if he saw himself running for president again in 2030.
Putin's victory will take his political dominance of Russian Federation to almost a quarter of a century, until 2024, by which time he will be 71.
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". "Our people always unite in the trying hour".
But he seems certain to extend his rule to 2024 despite a lacklustre campaign and a litany of domestic problems such as widespread poverty and poor healthcare.
The poisoning of an ex-spy in Britain along with fresh sanctions from Washington over allegations of meddling in the United States 2016 election have isolated Moscow to an extent not seen since the Cold War.
The massive victory gives Putin new confidence to stand up to the West.
In an effort to boost voter turnout, a variety of enticements were offered at some polling stations, including prizes for those who wore the best costumes, cancer screening and discounted food items.
But employees of state and private companies reported coming under pressure to vote.
Here's a look at what to expect from Putin's next six years in power, for Russia's rivals, neighbours and its own 147 million citizens. But the disputes likely worked in Putin's favor, reinforcing the official stance that the West is infected with "Russophobia" and determined to undermine both Putin and traditional Russian values.
"If Putin wants Russian Federation to build a modern economy, he can't do that in conflict with the West, ' ' said Antonenko". He called on Moscow to be more "constructive" than it has been in the past.
The monitor registered more than 2,500 complaints of violations, with some 460 in Moscow and about 230 in St Petersburg.
Downing Street said it would wait for the preliminary post-election statement, due to be released at a news conference in Moscow later today, before commenting. "What, do you think I will sit (in power) until I'm 100 years old?" he said, calling the question "funny". "This really is the ideal moment", remarked Stanislav Kucher, a journalist for Kommersant FM radio.
With 99.8 per cent of the vote counted, the Central Election Commission said Monday that communist Pavel Grudinin came a distant second with 11.9 per cent support.
German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said: "We certainly can not talk in all respects about a fair political contest as we know it".
The two injured men, who were aged 22 and 23, are white, unlike the victims in the earlier blasts, who were black or Hispanic. An FBI representative said at the briefing that 350 special agents were in Austin to help with the investigations.
The researcher added that studies indicate that men prefer taking an oral contraception rather than an injection or implant. However, longer studies are needed to confirm that it does indeed block sperm production, the researchers said.
Katy Perry didn't miss a beat, although her tongue got a little tied as she talked. "I love her as a songwriter as.as well". Many Katy Perry fans think her Witness single " Swish Swish " is a response to Taylor Swift's song " Bad Blood ".
The president claimed punishments should be similar to that of murder in the first degree, life in prison or the death penalty. President Donald Trump revealed his plan Monday for combating the country's opioid crisis during a speech in New Hampshire.
The meeting comes ahead of a May 12 deadline for US President Donald Trump to extended waivers of economic sanctions on Iran. He has said, however, that he would not do so if the deal is not " fixed ".
Perhaps, most importantly to people who live in New York City, Nixon has promised to fix the subway (which she rides every day). If elected, Nixon would become the state's first openly gay governor and the state's first female governor.
The previous films to win five straight weekends in the past 20 years are 2009's " Avatar " and 1999's " The Sixth Sense ". Internationally, the remake earned an estimated $84.5 million, bringing its global total to an estimated $102.5 million.
Only German-Americans - from a country 16 times more populous than Ireland - claim a larger ethnic footprint than do the Irish . The Irish law had made this day a religious holiday for the entire country, which meant the pubs were to be closed for the day.
Then, yesterday, the Trump administration imposed sanctions on numerous Russian individuals and organizations. Kelly insisted there are no "active" plans to replace McMaster at this time, for what that's worth.
There has been a spike in violence since President Donald Trump's December 6 recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital. Israel's Shin Bet security service said he had spent time in prison for security offenses and was released a year ago .
Trade groups tell Trump his China tariffs risk a "chain reaction"
The practice, according to the White House's estimate , is costing USA companies $30 billion a year in intellectual property loss. The US trade deficit with China ran to a record $375 billion previous year - but US exports to the country were also at a record.
Manila hotel fire leaves at least three dead, two trapped
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Spy's daughter was the real target in poisoning: relative
Skripal, who is a retired Russian military intelligence officer, was jailed for 13 years by Russia in 2006 for spying for Britain. Polish foreign minister Jacek Czaputowicz said: "We are sure that it is the Russian state which is involved in this attempt".