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Global reactions split as Putin claims victory in controversial election

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As Russian President Vladimir Putin secured another term in office, divergent reactions poured in from around the world, highlighting the stark division in perspectives on the legitimacy of the election.

While allies such as China and former Russian leader Dmitry Medvedev celebrated Putin’s victory, Western leaders condemned the electoral process as lacking transparency and fairness.

China, Russia’s longstanding strategic partner, swiftly extended congratulations to Putin, emphasizing the enduring friendship between the two nations. Foreign ministry spokesman Lin Jian underscored the commitment of Presidents Xi Jinping and Putin to deepen bilateral cooperation.

Meanwhile, within Russia, former President Dmitry Medvedev lauded Putin’s “splendid victory” on the messaging app Telegram, even before official results were announced, reflecting a sentiment echoed by Bosnian Serb leader Milorad Dodik, who hailed Putin as a “great statesman” and a steadfast ally.

In Latin America, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro voiced support for Putin’s triumph, expressing optimism for its implications on the global stage.

However, in stark contrast, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky dismissed the election outcome as illegitimate, decrying Putin’s consolidation of power and his disregard for democratic principles. Zelensky’s condemnation mirrored sentiments echoed by British Foreign Minister David Cameron, who labeled the elections as “illegal” and devoid of genuine choice, drawing attention to the absence of independent monitoring.

Italy’s Foreign Minister Antonio Tajani echoed Cameron’s concerns, denouncing the elections as neither free nor fair, and reiterated the international community’s commitment to achieving a peaceful resolution to the conflict in Ukraine, in accordance with established norms of international law.

Further denunciation came from Czech Foreign Minister Jan Lipavsky, who characterized the election as a “farce and parody,” condemning the suppression of civil society and independent media under Putin’s regime.

As Putin embarks on another term in office, the global community remains sharply divided, with allies applauding his victory and critics questioning the integrity of the electoral process, underscoring the deep-seated tensions that continue to define Russia’s relations with the West.

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