Russia election: Muted Western reaction to Putin victory

Source: BBC News

 World leaders are congratulating Vladimir Putin on his election for a new six-year term as Russian president, but Western leaders have been slow to respond amid recent tensions.

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Chinese President Xi Jinping said his country’s partnership with Russia was at its “best level in history”.

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

Mr Putin got more than 76% of the vote, official results show.

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