Yesterday (2 March), Dmitry Medvedev, Vice-President and candidate of the "United Russia" party, was elected as the new President of the Russian Federation by a clear majority. Federal Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier today (3 March) issued the following statement in Berlin on the outcome of the Presidential election:
"Yesterday the Russian people chose a new head of state. I congratulate Dmitry Medvedev on his election as President of the Russian Federation.
Mr Medvedev's victory represents an opportunity to further enhance relations between our two countries and between the EU and Russia. Prior to his election, the Russian President-designate clearly stressed the need for political reforms and advocated the strengthening of the rule of law and individual freedoms, along with progress on Russia's economic modernization. Mr Medvedev can count on Germany's support for this policy.
All complaints of irregularities and unfair treatment during the election must be consistently investigated. Like all OSCE members, Russia has pledged to adhere to rule-of-law and democratic principles, which also apply to those elections without OSCE observers.
I wish Russia's incoming President Dmitry Medvedev every success for his future tasks."
Mr Medvedev's official inauguration is scheduled to take place on 7 May.