ArmInfo. The reelection of Vladimir Putin as Russia's president will have a positive impact on the Armenian-Russian relations. This opinion was expressed by the director of the Noravank scientific and educational foundation Gagik Harutyunyan at a press conference in Yerevan on March 20.
According to him, the Armenian-Russian relations will continue to develop dynamically in the spirit of strategic alliance. At the same time, the expert believes that Putin's commitment to strengthening the country's Southern borders will positively affect Armenia, as the 102nd base stationed in Gyumri and part of the Southern Military District will also be equipped with ultra-modern and high-precision weapons. "The rearming of the South-East proves the importance of this region for Russia.Today Russia faces the task of being present in this region, and strengthening military power will to some extent moderate the appetites of other forces in the region," the expert believes.
At the same time, he stated that Russia today is a major geopolitical player, with which it is necessary to reckon. "In Russian society, the expectations of these presidential elections are quite large, but it must be understood that the Russian people are peculiar, and the more pressure it has on it, the more it has the opposite effect." That's why the statements of British Prime Minister Theresa May just added to Putin the electorate "Although I do not find it unusual that Putin enlisted the support of more than 70% of Russian voters, the Russian leader has a rather high rating not only domestically, but also abroad," Harutyunyan concluded. On March 18, Russia held presidential elections in Russia. The president is elected for a six-year term. According to preliminary ballots in Yerevan, 90-92% of voters voted for Vladimir Putin.
According to preliminary data of the CEC of Russia, the incumbent President Vladimir Putin secured more than 76.6% of the vote. Putin secured a record in his career political support for voters - more than 56 million citizens voted for him. The candidate from the Communist Party of the Russian Federation Pavel Grudinin is second with 11.80% of votes, in third place the candidate from the LDPR Vladimir Zhirinovsky with 5.66% of the vote. The fourth place is taken by the "Civil Initiative" put forward by Ksenia Sobchak with 1.67% of the vote. It is followed by Grigory Yavlinsky (Yabloko) with 1.04%, Boris Titov (Growth Party) with 0.76%, Maxim Suraykin ("Communists of Russia") with 0.68%, Sergei Baburin (the party "Russian National Union ") with 0.65% of the vote. For each of them, less than 1 million people gave their votes. At the same time turnout of the electorate in the presidential elections in Russia, which took place on March 18, was, according to preliminary data, 67.74% or 73.36 million people.