German president congratulates Putin on election victory

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BERLIN, Germany – German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier has congratulated incumbent Russian head of state Vladimir Putin on winning Russia’s presidential election, TASS reported.

According to the German president’s press service, Berlin hopes the two countries will continue dialogue to overcome disagreements in Europe, the report continued.

“I congratulate both you and Russian citizens on your re-election,” the message reads.

Steinmeier also hoped that “[Moscow and Berlin] will be able to counter alienation” both in Europe and “in relations between residents of Russia and Germany.”

“To do so, we need to continue trust-based dialogue,” he noted.

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“The bilateral relations between our countries have traditionally been close, relying on a solid foundation. We have always seen close cooperation between Russia and Germany after the end of the Cold War as an important pillar for common European efforts to establish and strengthen a long-term common world order on our continent,” Steinmeier’s press service quotes him as saying.

Putin has headed for a landslide victory in the election having achieved 76.66% with 99.84% of ballots counted, Russia’s Central Election Commission reported on Monday.

Elsewhere in the world, a British foreign fighter for the YPG has been killed fighting Turkish forces in Syria’s northwest Afrin region. Details and her photo can be found here.


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