Tuesday 6 December 2016

Putin hails Trump as much of world reels from result

Gregory Viscusi, Ting Shi and Enda Curran

Published 10/11/2016 | 02:30

The Russian president sent a congratulatory telegram to Mr Trump, and said later at a Kremlin ceremony that 'Russia is ready and wants to restore full relations with the United States'. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin
The Russian president sent a congratulatory telegram to Mr Trump, and said later at a Kremlin ceremony that 'Russia is ready and wants to restore full relations with the United States'. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin

Vladimir Putin was the first global leader to welcome Donald Trump's stunning election victory, which left much of the rest of the world anxious.

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The Russian president sent a congratulatory telegram to Mr Trump, and said later at a Kremlin ceremony that "Russia is ready and wants to restore full relations with the United States".

Doing so, he said, "would have a positive effect on the overall climate of world affairs, given the special responsibility of Russia and the US for maintaining global stability and security".

Leaders of Egypt, Israel and Serbia also said Mr Trump's win opened the way for better relations.

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Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas was one of the first Arab leaders to congratulate Mr Trump on his election win yesterday.

But analysts say a Trump presidency may be profoundly negative for Palestinian aspirations, while buoying Israel's confidence.

Israel's right-wing prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, who had a rocky relationship with President Barack Obama, issued a statement congratulating Mr Trump and hailed him as a "true friend" of Israel.

Vision

Meanwhile, Mexico's foreign minister said the country's government would not pay for a wall along the US border promised by president-elect Mr Trump.

"Paying for a wall is not part of our vision," foreign minister Claudia Ruiz Massieu said.

President Enrique Peña Nieto said in a series of messages from his official Twitter account that the two countries are friends and allies that must continue co-operating for the development of North America.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau vowed he will work with Mr Trump not just for Canadians "but for the whole world". He said Canada has no closer ally and partner than the US. But the Canadian government confirmed yesterday the website for Citizenship and Immigration Canada became temporarily inaccessible on Tuesday night as a result of a significant increase in the volume of traffic as election returns favoured Mr Trump.

In the UK, Prime Minister Theresa May was asked on television if Mr Trump was a fit person to be president and someone she could work with.

She responded: "Yes, I look forward to working with President-elect Trump. The American people have elected him as the next president of the United States.

"I look forward to building on the special relationship of our two countries."

But French President François Hollande said he'll be "vigilant" about the policies of the new US president-elect, whose election victory opens up a "period of uncertainty".

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