MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Russian President Vladimir Putin sent a congratulatory telegram to Frank-Walter Steinmeier on Sunday, elected earlier in the day the president of Germany, inviting him to visit Russia at his convenience and expressing hope for the continuation of the constructive dialogue, the Kremlin's press office said.
"Vladimir Putin confirmed his commitment to the continuation of constructive dialogue on the topical matters on bilateral and international agenda and invited Frank-Walter Steinmeier to visit Russia at his convenience," the statement read.
Steinmeier is set to assume office on March 19.
The candidature of Steinmeier, nominated by the ruling coalition, was supported by 931 members of the country's Federal Convention, which is a special body consisting of 630 members of the Bundestag and of the same number of representatives of Germany's states.
Steinmeier, 61, stood down last month to seek presidency after 77-year-old Gauck said last June he would not run for the second term, citing old age. His term expires on March 17.