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Vladimir Putin congratulates Donald Trump on election win

Russian President Vladimir Putin has congratulated Donald Trump on his US election win, citing his wish to improve US-Russia relations.

Speaking in the Kremlin, he said there was a hard road ahead, considering the "degradation" they were at now.

Throughout his campaign, Donald Trump praised Mr Putin as a strong leader, hinting he might recognise Russia's annexation of Crimea and suggesting he would not necessarily defend Nato allies.

Produced by Natalia Zuo and Vitaly Shevchenko.

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  • 09 Nov 2016
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