Supporters of left-wing political parties and movements hold flags as they attend a protest over the results of the presidential election, in Moscow, Russia March 19, 2018. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov
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Russian President Vladimir Putin struck a softer tone toward the West Monday after winning his biggest ever election victory, saying he had no desire for an arms race and would do everything he could to resolve differences with other countries.With nearly 100 percent of the votes counted, the Central Election Commission, announced that Putin, who has run Russia as president or prime minister since 1999, had won 76.69 percent of the vote. With more than 56 million votes, it was Putin's biggest ever win and the largest by any post-Soviet Russian leader.Putin also spoke to French President Emmanuel Macron and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan by phone.How long Putin wants to stay in power remains uncertain.
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