published: 28.01.2013, 16:23 | updated: 28.01.2013 16:32:35
Moscow - Russian President Vladimir Putin voiced a hope for "further development of a political dialogue" in a letter of congratulations to Czech president-elect Milos Zeman today, the Kremlin press service has said.
Putin wished every success in the "responsible state post" to Zeman, the Kremlin press service added.
"In Russia, Milos Zeman is known as a proponent of the strengthening of friendly Russian-Czech relations," Putin said in the telegram.
Putin voiced the hope that there will be "further development of political dialogue and the whole complex of constructive bilateral cooperation in the interest of Russian and Czech nations, safeguarding of stability and mutual trust in Europe."
Leftist candidate, former Social Democrat prime minister Zeman won the Saturday presidential runoff with 54.8 percent of the vote, having defeated conservative candidate Foreign Minister Karel Schwarzenberg.
Zeman will be sworn in on March 8.
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