MOSCOW – A Russian newspaper Pravda in a report on Tuesday claimed that “two days have passed since the presidential election in Russia, but even on March 20, Vladimir Putin has not received congratulations from his US counterpart Donald Trump.” Pravda also said that ”according to US officials, Trump does not even plan to call Putin.”
Pravda report also quoted Vladimir Vasiliev, chief researcher at the Institute of the USA and Canada, as telling Pravda.Ru that “such non-diplomatic behavior is connected with USA’s solidarity with the UK on the case of Sergei Skripal.”
“If Trump congratulates Vladimir Putin now, he would then let down British Prime Minister Theresa May, who started the mess and does not know how to clean it now,” Pravda claimed.
Meanwhile Russia’s long-time strongman President Vladimir Putin who won 76.6 percent of ballots after 99.83 percent of the votes were counted in the presidential election Sunday is now expected to sworn in on May 7.
The Russian Central Election Commission (CEC) Chairman Ella Pamfilova confirmed that “according to results, Vladimir Putin won in the election with an unprecedented number of votes.”
Putin’s nearest rival, got 11.9 percent of votes, while the head of the Liberal Democratic Party of Russia, Vladimir Zhirinovsky, received 5.66 percent. According to the Russian law, a candidate garnering more than half of the votes goes to the Kremlin. Five other candidates received substantially less support.
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.
The final result of the election, the seventh since Russia introduced the presidential system in 1991, will be announced by the CEC within 10 days.
Putin became president for the first time in 2000, when Boris Yeltsin stepped down. He was re-elected in 2004 and became president for the third time in 2012 after serving as prime minister for four years. He will lead Russia through 2024.