Donald Trump victory

Donald Trump victory shocks world, pleases Putin

Within hours of Trump's acceptance speech, Putin congratulated him and flagged Moscow's willingness to fully restore ties with its old Cold War foe, currently at loggerheads over how to deal with the Syria conflict.

Russia featured heavily in a heated campaign period, with Trump praising Putin as a firm leader as US officials accused Moscow of meddling by leaking hacked Democratic emails to undermine Hillary Clinton's campaign.