November 09 2016
When our enemies are happy about the election it sends chills up the spine. How much did Putins warning of war if Hillary won sway the American voters?
Meanwhile, Russian President Vladimir Putin congratulated US President-elect Donald Trump and expressed hope that “fully-fledged relations” could be restore with the United States, while speaking from Moscow on Wednesday.
Russian President Vladimir Putin accepted letters of credence from newly appointed ambassadors to Russia this morning in Moscow.
The ceremony was held just a short time after news broke in the mid-morning Moscow time, of Donald Trump’s victory in the 2016 US presidential election.
Putin FIRST statement on Trump win. Russia is ready & willing to restore full relations with the US
Russians rejoice in Trump’s win, but America’s allies are anxious
MOSCOW – With the election of Donald Trump, President Vladimir Putin says Russia is ready and willing to restore full-fledged diplomatic relations with the United States, but he says he knows it won’t be easy.
“We aware that it is a difficult path, in view of the unfortunate degradation of relations between the Russian Federation and the United States,” said Putin, adding that the poor state of affairs was “not our fault.”
He said he hoped the U.S.-Russian relations could be rebuilt “based on principles of equality, mutual respect and a real accounting each other’s positions.”
During the campaign, Trump praised Putin’s leadership, calling him “a strong leader — stronger than our president,” and he cast doubt on allegations by U.S. intelligence agencies that the Russians had hacked the Democratic Party and Hillary Clinton’s campaign.
CBS News correspondent Elizabeth Palmer reports that Trump has also hinted that the U.S. might no longer defend its NATO allies, just as they cope with an increasingly assertive Russia to their east.
Wednesday morning, however, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg pointed out that the transatlantic security commitment works both ways, and he cited history to drive home his point.
“A strong NATO is important for Europe, but it’s also important for the Unites States,” said Stoltenberg. “We have to remember that the only time that we have invoked Article 5, our collective defense clause, is after an attack on the United States; after 9/11.”
A statement issued by Jens Stoltenberg said the alliance chief was “looking forward to working with President-elect Trump”.
But his warm words come despite a pledge by the Republican firebrand – who was an outsider in the race against Hillary Clinton – to shake up America’s relationship with the military group.
Mr Trump has branded the 28-member bloc “obsolete” and has threatened to pull vital funding.
But NATO leaders past and present appear to be on the charm offensive in a bid to keep the unpredictable New York property tycoon on side – not least because the US funds around three-quarters of NATO’s budget.