President Klaus Iohannis has sent a congratulatory message to his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, four days after being re-elected for another mandate, the Presidential Administration informs in a release. Vladimir Putin was re-elected on Sunday for a new six-year term – the fourth – as President of Russia.
“In this way, I want to assure you that I remain confident about the benefits of developing the relations between our states on pragmatic and predictable basis, through constructive dialogue and in accordance with the principles and norms of international law,” the Romanian President’s message reads.
Vladimir Putin won his fourth term as President of Russia after Sunday’s vote, when he obtained almost 77% of the ballot.
In the rest of the EU, the reactions to Vladimir Putin’s re-election were prudent, recalling the numerous disagreements of the West with Moscow.
European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker was heavily criticized on Tuesday by the British MEPs for a congratulatory message addressed to Vladimir Putin, because he made no reference to the poisoning of the former Russian spy in the UK.
The President of the European Council, Donald Tusk, chose not to congratulate Vladimir Putin at all.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel warmly congratulated the Russian leader, while French President Emmanuel Macron sent him wishes of ‘success’ after the re-election.
US President Donald Trump was advised by his counsellors not to congratulate Vladimir Putin, but he did it anyway, according to leaked information from the White House.