Syria lauds return of Putin to Russian presidency

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syria’s state newspapers have lauded the return of Vladimir Putin to the presidency of Russia, one of the few countries to stand by the Damascus regime despite international condemnation.

A headline in the Tishrin daily Monday reads: “Russia brings back the strong man to the Kremlin.”

In an editorial, the paper said Putin would reshape international relations to respect “countries’ interests and unity and not interfere in their internal affairs.”

Preliminarily results Monday said Putin got more than 63 percent of the vote.

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