Putin pledges to reduce Russian Federation military spending this year

Putin pledges to reduce Russian Federation military spending this year

"Nobody plans to accelerate an arms race", said Putin. Far beyond his nearest rival Pavel Grundinin who could only manage just over 11 percent. Former reality TV presenter Ksenia Sobchak was on 1.7%, while veteran liberal politician Grigory Yavlinsky received just over 1% of the vote. His most vocal opponent, anti-corruption campaigner Alexei Navalny, was barred from running.

Chinese President Xi Jinping said his country's partnership with Russian Federation was at its "best level in history".

He declared victory in front of thousands of people gathered in below-freezing temperatures at Moscow's Manezhnaya Square near the Kremlin, where he called for unity in the country.

The challengers participated in televised debates that Putin sat out.

Sunday's voter turnout stood at around 67.5 percent, meaning some 73.4 million Russians cast their ballots, compared to 71.8 million in 2012, CEC's deputy head Nikolai Bulayev said. However, Putin's critics say the election was unfair citing Kremlin's tight control over the media and opposition leader Navalny not being allowed to contest the election.

By early evening Sunday, the non-governmental election monitoring group Golos had counted 2,000 incidents of voting irregularities, including observers being prevented from carrying out monitoring.

Members of Russia's Central Election Commission announce preliminary results during the commission's session in Moscow on March 19, 2018.

Sergei Skripal, a former Russian officer who sold secrets to Britain and moved there in a 2010 spy swap, remains in critical condition along with his daughter, Yulia, after they were found unconscious on a park bench on March 4.

He said he thought the telegram would mention the challenges in German-Russian relations.

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"Conveying his compliments, the Prime Minister expressed hope that under Putin's leadership, "Special & Privileged Strategic Partnership" between India and Russian Federation will continue to grow". After declaring victory Sunday, Putin flatly denied Moscow played any part in it.

"A choice without a real competition, as we have seen in this election, unfortunately is not a real choice", he said.

"I refuse to work with you".

"(Sisi) lauds the strategic relations that the two countries share and their keenness to further enhance them so as to realise the interests of both peoples".

The final tally of the election, the seventh since Russian Federation introduced the presidential system in 1991, will be announced by the CEC within 10 days.

He vowed Monday not to engage in an arms race, saying that Russian Federation has already spent the bulk of what is needed to create new weapons in previous years. This year results show a growth in Putin's popularity compared to the year 2012.

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. Ukraine security forces blocked the Russian Embassy in Kiev and consulates elsewhere as the government protested the voting in Crimea, whose annexation is still not internationally recognized.

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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