Sands: the level of support for Putin in the presidential elections was unexpected for him

MOSCOW, March 23. /TASS/. Russian President Vladimir Putin did not expect such a high level of support in the election. This told the press Secretary of the President Dmitry Peskov in interview to TV channel RT.

Responding in English to a question of leading the program Sofiko Shevardnadze about predicted whether he’s big enough percentage of votes in support of Putin, Peskov replied in the negative. “And he said it was quite unexpected for him,” said the spokesman.

“And, of course, being President, when you use this support, you understand, and level of responsibility. Every leader carries the burden of responsibility for the support that he gets,” – said Peskov.

Press Secretary agreed that external factors have contributed to increase the popularity of Putin among Russians. “When the Russian people are under pressure from the outside, he is rallying around a strong leader,” – said Peskov, noting that so many times in the history of the country. “Of course, this is happening now because when you see this unprecedented pressure when you see all this craziness happening from other countries, people can’t stand it, they resist it and unite around a strong leader,” – said Peskov.

The Russian presidential election on March 18. According to preliminary data of the CEC, incumbent President Vladimir Putin received 76.7% of votes in his support.