Putin Expected to Secure Another Term in Office
Russian President Vladimir Putin has announced his decision to stand for re-election in March, a move widely anticipated due to his firm grip on power. The 71-year-old leader, who already secured 76% of the vote in the 2018 election, is expected to win another six-year term in office. Moreover, a constitutional change will allow him to run again in 2030, potentially extending his authority until 2036.
Western Powers’ Failure to Defend Ukraine a ‘Gift’ to Putin
In a White House press conference, US spokesperson Kirby expressed concerns over the United States’ waning financial support regarding the conflict in Ukraine. He stated that Putin’s regime was celebrating Republican opposition to continued funding, adding that Western powers’ failure to sustain defense of Ukraine was playing into the dictator’s hands. Kirby emphasized that Putin had been banking on the West’s inability to stay united and doubted NATO’s cohesion and the United States’ resolve.
Imprisoned Activist Urges Opposition to Putin
Imprisoned activist Alexei Navalny, who has been a vocal critic of Putin, urged his supporters to vote for anyone but the Russian president. Navalny viewed the upcoming election as a referendum on the approval of Putin’s actions, particularly regarding the war. He called for disruption of Putin’s plans and emphasized the need for the majority’s will to be heard, stating that the Russian people should make it clear that they want Putin to leave office.
Fox News Digital’s Michael Dorgan contributed to this report.