Prime Minister Narendra Modi has congratulated Russian President Vladimir Putin on his victory in the presidential polls and expressed hope that under his leadership, the Indo-Russia strategic partnership will continue to grow from strength to strength, the External Affairs Ministry said today.
"It goes without saying that not everything depends on us - as with love, both sides have to be involved, otherwise there can be no love at all", he said.
He was warmly congratulated by Chinese President Xi Jinping while Western leaders were more guarded in their reaction.
The UK government has blamed Russian Federation for the poisoning in Salisbury of former spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia - an allegation Russian Federation rejects.
The number of Muscovites supporting Putin has doubled since the last elections, from 47 percent to 71 percent this year, while markedly increasing in Russia's second-largest city of St. Petersburg, from 59 percent to 75 percent.
What are Putin's other priorities?
"What you are saying is a bit amusing".
Mr Putin's boasts about his nuclear arsenal earlier this month, including the presentation of a video animation appearing to show missiles raining down on the U.S., drew global concern.
Was Sunday's election free and fair?.
But Putin, who is already Russia's longest-serving leader since Joseph Stalin and is now set to rule until at least 2024, ruled out any question of remaining president for life. The main opposition leader, Alexei Navalny, was barred from the race because of an embezzlement conviction that he said was manufactured by the Kremlin.
Putin polled well ahead of his nearest rival Pavel Grudinin, the Communist Party candidate, who described the elections as "dishonest". Several showed election officials stuffing boxes with ballot papers.
This was a "transparent, credible, democratic" election, Rashid Alimov, head of the observer mission from the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, told reporters Monday, according to the Tass news service.
Navalny observed sarcastically that in the mainly Muslim region of Chechnya, turnout was 37 percent in polling stations attended by his observers and 99 percent elsewhere.
The leaders of Iran, Kazakhstan, Belarus, Venezuela, Bolivia and Cuba were among others who sent their best wishes.
Russia's Vladimir Putin secured another six years in power after a record election win, but worldwide leaders were slow to congratulate him Monday amid a new spike in tensions, as opponents accused him of vote rigging.