MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin, re-elected on Sunday to a new six-year term, thanked voters for their support at a victory rally and said Russia had a great future ahead of it provided its people stayed united.
Putin, speaking from a stage just off Moscow’s Red Square in front of a cheering audience, said the election result was a recognition of what had been achieved in the past few years, despite difficult conditions.
Before leaving the stage to applause, he led the crowd in a chant of “Russia, Russia!”
Putin won a landslide re-election victory on Sunday, extending his rule over the world’s largest country for another six years at a time when his ties with the West are on a hostile trajectory.
Reporting by Katya Golubkova; Writing by Christian Lowe; Editing by Andrew Osborn