Vladimir Putin to become Russia's President for the historic fourth term

Xi greets Putin on election as Russian president

In enacting the sanctions, the Trump administration is finally meeting a congressional mandate to impose measures punishing Moscow for its cyber intrusion.

In a phone call with Putin, French President Emmanuel Macron wished him "success for the political, democratic, economic and social modernisation" of Russian Federation.

"We also expect Russian Federation to make constructive contributions, more so than has been the case in the recent past", he said.

The election was such a foregone conclusion that Mr Putin gave only a perfunctory victory speech and said nothing about what he will do for his country.

Putin has sought to use the election run-up to emphasise Russia's role as a major world power, recently boasting of its "invincible" new weapons and continuing Moscow's support for the Syrian regime in a bloody civil war. Zhirinovsky follows the line of Kremlin to win the elections. "But more must be done", Republican House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce added. The White House signed on to a multinational statement condemning Russian Federation for poisoning people on British soil with a military-grade nerve agent.

"I (found out) about that in the media and the first thing that came to my mind was that if it's a military-grade agent, they would have died instantly on the spot".

The UK's allies shared its view there was "no plausible alternative explanation" and said Russia's failure to adequately explain the episode further underlines its responsibility in the matter.

He added that he did not have any business "in the U.S. or with the Americans".

Yet even in this moment of vigor, doubts still lingered about the President's own views.

Michael Georg Link, a co-ordinator of the observer mission, said: "A choice without real competition - as we have seen in this election - is not a real choice". He also said if the British claim that they were poisoned by a Soviet-designed nerve agent were true, the victims would have died instantly.

Given the gravity of the use of a nerve agent on the soil of a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation ally and subsequent hostile Russian behavior toward America's "special relationship" partner, his remarks seemed a little tame. Hence, it could be estimated that Putin would remain in power till 2024.

Asked directly if the Russian President was "a friend or a foe", Sanders dodged.

Putin said in a televised address Friday that "the will of the people, the will of each Russian citizen will determine the path the country will take".

Russian Federation and Venezuela are "brother countries" as both must "face the frequent manoeuvres of imperialism" to "impose doctrines of world supremacy", said President Nicolas Maduro.

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro also commended "the glorious Russian people for its display of civic duty", while Bolivia's Evo Morales said Putin's victory "guarantees geopolitical equilibrium and world peace before the onslaught of imperialism".

Russian Federation and Ukraine have remained in a tug-of-war over Crimea's annexation and Moscow's support for separatist insurgents in eastern Ukraine.

That's particularly key as Moscow escalates a confrontation with the West. Russia and the United Kingdom are involved in a diplomatic feud over the poisoning of a Russian ex-spy, his daughter and a police officer in Britain earlier this month.

Russian businessman Evgeny Prigozhin, one of those indicted by Mueller and hit with sanctions on Thursday, said in comments cited by RIA news agency that he already had been hit with USA sanctions "maybe three or four times - I'm exhausted of counting".

Mueller runs the tightest ship in Washington, so the extent of his request and how it fits into the probe are unknown.

It is clear that Mr. Putin is more interested in foreign affairs than he is in domestic policy. Russian Federation has 11 time zones.



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