Greetings pour in as Putin scores victory

By Monitoring Desk
Tuesday – March 20, 2018
MOSCOW (Russia): Russian president Vladimir Putin, after having scored presidential election victory, had telephone conversations on Monday with Armenia president Serzh Sargsyan, Azerbaijan president Ilham Aliyev, Belarus president Alexander Lukashenko, People’s Republic of China president Xi Jinping, Republic of India prime minister (PM) Narendra Modi, Japan PM Shinzo Abe, Kyrgyzstan president Sooronbay Jeenbekov, Tajikistan president Emomali Rahmon and Uzbekistan president Shavkat Mirziyoyev.

According to an official statement, the leaders congratulated Putin on this convincing victory in the presidential election in Russia, and wished him further success in this demanding post. In their conversations, they touched upon topical matters on their respective bilateral agendas and international relations.

Putin continues to receive written congratulations from foreign leaders on this re-election as president of Russia.

So far, message of congratulations have been received from People’s Republic of China president Xi Jinping, Republic of Abkhazia president Raul Khadjimba, Armenia president Serzh Sargsyan, Azerbaijan president Ilham Aliyev, Belarus president Alexander Lukashenko, State Council and the Council of Ministers of Cuba president Raul Castro, Hungary president Janos Ader, Kazakhstan president Nursultan Nazarbayev, Kyrgyzstan president Sooronbay Jeenbekov, Moldova president Igor Dodon, Republic of South Ossetia president Anatoly Bibilov, Tajikistan president Emomali Rahmon, Turkmenistan president Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov, Uzbekistan president Shavkat Mirziyoyev and the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela president Nicolas Maduro.

Chinese foreign office (FO) spokesperson Hua Chunying, on Monday, held that the presidential election was successfully held in Russia on Sunday. According to the preliminary data of the Russian central election commission (CEC), president Putin has won the presidential election and been reelected.

President Xi Jinping has sent a congratulatory message to him.

China and Russia are good neighbours and comprehensive strategic partners. In recent years, under the strategic guidance of the two heads of State, the China-Russia comprehensive strategic partnership of coordination has kept operating at a high level and is now at its historical best.

The strategic mutual trust between the two sides have been continuously strengthened and fruitful outcomes achieved in cooperation in various fields.

Both China and Russia are now at a crucial stage of their national development respectively. After it was announced that the first session of the 13th national people’s congress unanimously elected president Xi Jinping as Chinese president on March 17, president Putin warmly congratulated him by sending a telegram of congratulations immediately.

China has also sincerely congratulated Russia on the smooth completion of its important national political agenda and will support Russia in following a development path that suits its national conditions as always. We believe that under the leadership of president Putin, Russia will maintain steady development and play a greater role in international affairs.

We are deeply convinced that under the strategic guidance of president Jinping and president Putin, the Russia-China comprehensive strategic partnership of coordination will embrace new opportunities and achieve new outcomes, which will make greater contributions to promoting common development and prosperity of China and Russia and the regional peace and stability at large.

Following the practice of exchange of visits between the two heads of State annually, the Russian president will pay a State visit to China this year. The two sides will maintain close communication through diplomatic channels regarding this matter.

Conveying his compliments on Putin’s success, Indian PM Modi expressed the hope that under Putin’s leadership, the special and privileged strategic partnership between India and the Russian Federation will continue to grow from strength to strength.

Modi also stated that he looked forward to welcoming president Putin in India for the annual summit later this year.

Putin thanked Modi for the phone call. He conveyed his commitment to further strengthen India-Russia relations in all spheres, and also his good wishes for the continued progress of India and her people.