Russian President Congratulates Donald Trump On Election Win

by Thursday, November 10, 2016

President Vladimir Putin sent Donald Trump a message of congratulations on his election night win in America. The Russian leader said he would do everything he could to repair ties between the two countries. He also wished the president-elect success in the high office and responsibility of the head of state.


“(Trump) spoke about resuming and restoring relations with Russia. We understand the way to that will be difficult, taking into account the current state of degradation of relations between the US and Russia,” Putin told Russian state television hours after the elected leader delivered his victory speech.

“As I have repeatedly said, that is not our fault that Russia-US relations are in that state. Russia is ready and wants to restore the fully-fledged relations with the US. I repeat we understand this will be difficult, but we are ready to play our part in it,” he added.


Russia featured heavily in the heated campaign after it was accused by the US government of trying to influence the vote’s outcome. The Democrats also blamed Kremlin for being behind the leaking of hacked emails of party leaders to undermine Hillary Clinton’s candidacy and boost Trump’s chances.

Trump himself has made assertions that are in Russia’s favor. He said he is willing to work with Putin on fighting ISIS. He also said he’d consider recognizing Russia’s 2014 annexation of Crimea as well as lifting sanctions over Russia’s clandestine military intervention in eastern Ukraine.

Aside from the congratulatory statement, the Kremlin also announced that Putin sent Trump a telegram stating his “hope for joint efforts to bring Russian-American ties out of crisis, resolve key international questions and find an effective response to the challenges of global security.”

Putin also said in his message to Trump that constructive dialogue would depend on the US treating his country on the basis of “equality, mutual respect and a genuine consideration of each other’s positions.” It had been a tradition for the Russian leader to send telegrams to newly elected leaders.


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