August 24, 2019

After landslide re-election, Russia's Putin tells West: I don't want arms race

After landslide re-election, Russia's Putin tells West: I don't want arms raceBy Andrew Osborn and Christian Lowe MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin struck a softer tone towards the West on Monday after winning his biggest ever election victory, saying he had no desire for an arms race and would do everything he could to resolve differences with other countries. Putin's victory, which comes at a time when his relations with the West are on a hostile trajectory, will extend his political dominance of Russia by six years to 2024. "We will do everything to resolve all the differences with our partners using political and diplomatic channels." His comments, which are likely to be heard with some scepticism in the West following years of confrontation, mark a change in tone after a bellicose election campaign during which Putin unveiled new nuclear weapons he said could strike almost any point in the world.. German Chancellor Angela Merkel wished Putin success and called for more dialogue.


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