US Doesn't Congratulate Putin Over 'Unsurprising' Election Win

Margarita Simonyan, the editor-in-chief of pro-Kremlin network RT, wrote that Putin had turned from president to "our leader", or vozhd - a word with medieval roots that Soviets once used for Stalin.

Putin himself on Sunday rejected as "complete drivel, rubbish, nonsense" the allegations by London and its allies that Russian Federation was behind the attack on Skripal and his daughter Yulia in the English city of Salisbury. "Shall I sit here until I turn 100? No!" His most vocal opponent, anti-corruption campaigner Alexei Navalny, was barred from running.

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 polled well ahead of his nearest rival Pavel Grudinin, the Communist Party candidate, who described the elections as "dishonest". That will give him more room to ponder his choice: groom a reliable successor, scrap term limits or create a new position of power so he can continue pulling the strings after his fourth term ends.

One official said: "I think that what is needed at this stage is to, on top of a common line on attribution and solidarity, is also a need to ensure co-ordination for the future".

From the 99.8 percent of ballots counted, Putin reportedly received 76.67 of the votes, according to Russia's central election commission on Monday.

The press secretary said the Trump administration would maintain a strong position the n Russian Federation when necessary, including by imposing sanctions and opposing Moscow's activities in Ukraine.

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

Later in the day, the government will decide whether to impose further sanctions on Russian Federation.

"An American president does not lead the Free World by congratulating dictators on winning sham elections", McCain said in a statement.

Relations between Russian Federation and the West are already at their lowest level since the collapse of the Soviet Union 26 years ago.

In Latin America, the presidents of the leftist regimes in Venezuela and Bolivia both effusively congratulated Putin on his "overwhelming" victory.

Since first being elected president in 2000, Putin has stamped his total authority on the world's biggest country, muzzling opposition, putting television under state control and reasserting Moscow's standing overseas.

Putin's new mandate could theoretically hand him the power to make bold reforms that Russian Federation has long needed to raise living standards and wean itself from its oil dependence.

Russian authorities have ordered the United Kingdom to provide proof that it actually used a nerve-agent on British soil following the alleged poisoning of former Russian spy Sergei Skripal, 66, and his 33-year-old daughter Yulia.

The first 23 Russian diplomats expelled in the wake of the attempted murder of former spy Sergei Skripal and daughter Yulia are due to leave the country today. He stressed that Britain has not yet responded to Russia's request and has not provided a single sample of the substance, "Therefore, it is hard for us to judge and suggest what substance poisoned Skripal and his daughter", Rink added.

The ties between Moscow and Washington began to deteriorate in 2014, in the wake of the crisis in Ukraine and subsequent Crimea's reunification with Russian Federation, after which the USA and its allies imposed several rounds of sanctions on Russian Federation.

  • Leroy Wright