Russian President Vladimir Putin, has held a meeting with all the presidential candidate rivals, urging them to leave aside emotions and join forces in the interests of the country.
Putin said that the pre-election race is always highly emotional, that often overwhelm – this happens not only in Russia. He expressed the hope that the candidates will unite efforts in the future “for constructive work for the good of the country.”
Work that helps the country become better is the “end goal for all of us” he emphasised.
According to data, 76.6% of voters voted for Vladimir Putin, in what was a career highlight for him, with a turnout almost 10 million voters higher than in the previous elections.