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Moscow welcomes Donald Trump presidential victory

  • Video report by ITV News Correspondent Dan Rivers

Vladimir Putin was among the first world leaders to congratulate president-elect Donald Trump on his victory as the global community absorbed the result of the US presidential election.

The Russian parliament broke into spontaneous applause at the news of Mr Trump's win.

The Republican has repeatedly said he wanted a closer relationship with Russia, calling President Putin "a strong leader".

While Mr Trump may restore relations with one of America's old enemies, other countries were more cautious. Cuba announced military exercises to counter enemy actions as Mr Trump's victory sent shockwaves around the world.

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