Men stand in front of a screen showing preliminary results of Russian President Vladimir Putin in the presidential election, at the headquarters of Russia's Central Election Commission in Moscow, Russia March 19, 2018. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin
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China was the first world power to react Monday to Russian strongman Vladimir Putin's re-election, vowing to push ties to a "higher level", but Germany questioned the fairness of the vote and warned that Moscow would remain "difficult".Bulgarian President Rumen Radev said he looked forward to working with Putin.The pro-Russian Czech Republic President Milos went further saying he looked forward to hosting Putin in Prague.Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who over has cultivated closer cooperation with Putin, especially on Syria, congratulated the Russian leader by telephone, state media said.Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe congratulated Putin and the two leaders agreed to work together for North Korea's denuclearisation, the Japanese foreign ministry said.Iranian President Rouhani congratulated Putin on his "decisive victory" and pledged to boost ties.Iran and Russia have strengthened ties, both giving major military and financial backing to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
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