Putin congratulates Berdimuhamedov following reelection as president
Russian President Vladimir Putin congratulated the Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov on his victory in his country's presidential elections, the Kremlin's press service published.
"The results of the vote confirm your highest political authority, testify to the broad recognition of your merits as head of state, as well as support for your course to further strengthen the national economy and improve the living standards of the citizens of Turkmenistan," Sputnik cited the Kremlin as saying.
Putin praised Berdimuhamedov's contribution to forging friendly ties with Russia, and expressed confidence in the continued constructive dialogue and collaboration on the bilateral and international agenda.
Turkmenistan's Central Election Committee said Berdimuhamedov won 97.69 percent of the votes following Sunday's vote, where there was a 97.27% turnout.