Russia elections Live Blog
Russia Elections - Mar 5, 2012 - 21:31
France said on Monday that Russia's presidential election had been far from "exemplary" and urged further democratic reforms, but said it stood ready to work with president-elect Vladimir Putin.
Reports by the Council of Europe and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) highlighted problems with Sunday's election, after official results showed Prime Minister Putin had won with almost 64 per cent of the vote.
"The election has not been exemplary. That is the least you can say. The OSCE made significant criticisms," French Foreign Alain Juppe told a news conference in the southwestern city of Bordeaux.
"Putin has been re-elected by a large majority, so France, and her European partners, will pursue its partnership with Russia," he added.