Russian President Vladimir Putin has sent Donald Trump a telegram of congratulation on winning the U.S. presidential election. In a brief statement Wednesday, the Kremlin said Putin expressed “he hopes for work together to lift Russian-US relations out of the current crisis, resolve issues on the international agenda, look for effective responses to global security challenges.”
Putin also said he is “confident that Moscow and Washington can establish a constructive dialogue based on the principles of equality, mutual respect, and genuine consideration for each other’s positions,” adding that, “This would be in the interests of both peoples and of the entire international community.”
The Russian President wished Trump “success in the high office and responsibility of head of state.” Putin has tacitly supported Trump during the campaign, while Trump repeatedly flattered and praised the Russian leader and said he was willing to work with him.
Russia’s parliament broke into applause upon learning of Trump’s stunning upset victory over Hillary Clinton, who is seen as anti-Russian by many in the Russian establishment, mostly due to her stint as Secretary of State in 2009-2013.