"And we established a mechanism to do that, and that mechanism holds secure", Netanyahu said prior to his snap meeting with Putin in Russian Federation at the end of January.
Pro-Russian politicians from the Balkans have congratulated Vladimir Putin after he won more than 74 per cent of the vote in Sunday's presidential elections - while leaders of some other Balkan countries more closely aligned with North Atlantic Treaty Organisation remained silent.
Sobchak placed fourth as a presidential candidate in Sunday's elections with 1.67 percent of the nationwide vote, far behind Vladimir Putin's record-setting 76.66 percent.
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 Russian Federation by six years to 2024. MR Navalny was barred from contesting the election and had called for a boycott of Sunday's vote in protest.
Backed by state TV, the ruling party, and credited with an approval rating around 80 per cent, Putin faced no credible threat from the challengers.
Another, posted around the same time, shows Simonyan and Putin's election campaign spokesman, Andrei Kondrashov, raising glasses of prosecco and wine in celebration of Putin's victory.
Russian Central Election Commission chief Ella Pamfilova, a former presidential human rights official, said there were no complaints of serious violations.
The election commission acknowledged some irregularities, but maintained that the election was largely peaceful and credible.
He would need to make a choice between grooming a preferred successor or staying at the helm beyond 2024, either by scrapping term limits or by shifting into a new position of power.
People listen to presidential candidate, President Vladimir Putin during a rally and a concert celebrating the fourth anniversary of Russia's annexation of Crimea at Manezhnaya Square in Moscow on March 18, 2018. Indeed, when asked by a Russian journalist if he would consider further runs for the presidency, Mr Putin was ambiguous: "What you're saying is just silly ... what, am I going to sit here for 100 years?"
President Vladimir Putin says Russian Federation has spent enough on new weapons to avoid any excessive pressure on the economy in the future.
Britain and Russian Federation last week announced tit-for-tat diplomat expulsions over the spy case and the United States issued new sanctions.
"In the name of France, the French president offered Russia and the Russian people his wishes for success with the modernisation of the country on the political, democratic, economic and social fronts", the Elysee said in a statement.
Ahead of the poll, a new crisis broke out with the West as Britain implicated Putin in the poisoning of former double agent Sergei Skripal with a Soviet-designed nerve agent.
Steinmeier says he hopes "we'll be able to counteract the estrangement of our continent and between the people of Russian Federation and Germany, and that you will use your new term in office for this objective".
In Bolivia, President Evo Morales also celebrated Putin's victory.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo called Putin to congratulate him on his victory as did Chinese President Xi Jinping, who has just gained a path to indefinite rule.
Western congratulations were slower to roll in, as Russian Federation faces increasing isolation on the world stage over a spy poisoning in Britain and a fresh round of United States sanctions just as it gears up for the football World Cup in the summer.
Whether they like it or not, the West will have to deal with Mr Putin for years to come.