Vladimir Putin gives thumbs-up to Trump’s win in US

Russian President Vladimir Putin meets with Russian Transport Minister Maxim Sokolov in the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016. (Alexei Druzhinin/Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)
Russian President Vladimir Putin meets with Russian Transport Minister Maxim Sokolov in the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016. (Alexei Druzhinin/Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin is giving a thumbs-up to president-elect Donald Trump’s victory.

In a brief statement Wednesday, the Kremlin said Putin has sent Trump a telegram to congratulate him on winning. Putin expressed “his hope to work together for removing Russian-American relations from their crisis state.”

Putin also says he has confidence that building a constructive dialogue between Moscow and Washington — one based on principles of equality, mutual respect and a real accounting each other’s positions — is in the interest of both nations and the world.

Trump has drawn criticism for repeatedly praising Putin’s leadership and advocating a closer working relationship with Russia despite its record of human rights abuses and recent military incursions in Ukraine and Syria.

 

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