March 23, 2018 / 9:22 AM / a month ago

Putin to address Russian people after officials declare election results valid

MOSCOW, Russia (Reuters) - President Vladimir Putin is set to address the Russian people on Friday at 10:00 GMT after the results of an election that gave him a new six-year term were declared valid, the Kremlin said.

Russian President Vladimir Putin meets with candidates who participated in the last presidential election, at the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia March 19, 2018. Yuri Kadobnov/POOL via Reuters

Putin’s landslide victory in Sunday’s vote will make him the longest-serving Russian ruler since Soviet dictator Josef Stalin and has raised Western fears of spiralling confrontation.

Reporting by Christian Lowe; Writing by Gabrielle Tétrault-Farber; Editing by Andrew Osborn

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