Vladimir Putin tells the West that he doesn't want an arms race

Putin Receives Over 76.6% of Votes as Over 99% of Ballots Counted - CEC

Vladimir Putin will lead Russian Federation for another six years, after securing an expected victory in Sunday's presidential election.

Russia's Vladimir Putin secured another six years in power after a record election win, but global leaders were slow to congratulate him Monday amid a new spike in tensions, as opponents accused him of vote rigging. Putin, Russia's President, said it at the meeting with presidential candidates, Interfax reports.

Mr. Putin's victory, which comes at a time when his relations with the West are on a hostile trajectory, will extend his political dominance of Russian Federation by six years to 2024.

"Nobody plans to accelerate an arms race", said Mr. Putin.

President Duterte has revitalized the country's economic and defense relations with Russian Federation as he moved away from the United States over alleged interference in domestic affairs especially its criticisms on war on illegal drugs.

The ongoing probe into alleged Russian meddling in US elections and the recent poisoning of an ex-Russian spy and his daughter in London have made Mr. Putin a new target of Western criticism, with British Prime Minister Theresa May calling on all world leaders to stand up to and isolate Russia for alleged aggression.

Ms Ardern says she "certainly noticed" the election outcome, which saw Mr Putin win with more than 75 percent of the vote on Monday (NZT).

Moscow faces increasing global isolation over its interventions in Ukraine and in Syria, and a fresh round of USA sanctions over alleged Russian election meddling in 2016.

"Several foreign leaders - I won't say their names - made their contribution", said Central Election Commission head Ella Pamfilova.

In a post on Twitter, another opposition leader, Gary Kasparov, slammed the elections as a charade and called on world leaders to shun Mr. Putin's victory.

Selfie competitions, giveaways, food festivals and children's entertainers were laid on at polling stations to entice voters.

With almost 100% of the votes counted, the Central Election Commission (CEC) announced that Mr. Putin, who has run Russian Federation as President or Prime Minister since 1999, had won 76.69% of the vote.

European observers said that while the poll had been conducted efficiently, there was a lack of genuine choice.

Mr Navalny was excluded from the election because of an embezzlement conviction that he said was manufactured by the Kremlin.

Mr Putin's nearest rival, the Communist Party's Pavel Grudinin, won just under 12%.

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