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Trump and Putin discuss US-Russia relations on telephone

  • Video report by ITV News' Political Correspondent Carl Dinnen

President-elect Donald Trump told President Vladimir Putin he is looking forward to having a strong and enduring relationship with Russia, officials said.

Putin called Trump on Monday to offer his congratulations following his election victory.

The pair discussed a range of issues including threats and challenges facing both countries, strategic economic issues and "the historical U.S.-Russia relationship that dates back over 200 years", the Presidential Transition Team said in a statement.

They agreed to work towards "constructive cooperation", the Kremlin said.

Trump will take office on January 20, replacing Barack Obama whose relations with Putin have become tense over various issues including Syria and Ukraine in recent years.

Putin: Russia wants to restore 'full relations' with US

President Putin

President Putin has congratulated Donald Trump on his election victory.

Mr Putin said he wants restoration of "full relations" with the US and Russia is "ready to do its part".

Mr Putin said he had followed the campaign closely and said it is in the interests of both countries to restore relations.

Officials seal off offices of Moscow human rights group

Amnesty International has been critical of the Kremlin. Credit: PA

Staff at the Moscow office of human rights group Amnesty International have been barred from entering their offices by officials.

Officials have sealed off the entrances to the offices, the locks have been changed and the power has been cut off, according to staff members.

Alexander Artemyev, an Amnesty International employee who found himself locked out this morning, said no prior warning had been given.

The human rights groups, who have been critical of the Kremlin, have come under increased scrutiny in the past few years, with some staff members designated as "foreign agents"

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