Following the victory by Donald Trump in the US elections on Wednesday, Russia reacted in a positive way to the news. Many Kremlin officials and media had been drumming up the possibility of electoral fraud and conspiracy theories that would ensure a Ms Clinton win, many politicians were jubilant on Wednesday – including President Vladimir Putin, who sent a congratulatory message to Mr Trump saying that he hoped there could be a “constructive dialogue” between the two countries.
“I am convinced sanctions [on Russia] will be dropped completely,” Gennady Zyuganov, leader of Russia’s second largest party, the Communist Party, told state media, predicting that Mr Trump will recognise Russia’s 2014 annexation of Crimea.
Meanwhile, France’s far-right National Front party leader Marine Le Pen congratulated Donald Trump on Wednesday as he looked set for a shock victory in the U.S. presidential election.
“Congratulations to the new president of the United States Donald Trump and to the free American people!” she said on Twitter.
Opinion polls show Le Pen likely to win the first round of French presidential elections next year, but lose in the second round to whoever should be her opponent.
Far-right Dutch politician Geert Van Wilders also offered his congratulations preemptively. “The people are taking their country back,” he said, “and so will we.” Ukip’s Nigel Farage – who spoke at Mr Trump’s campaign rallies – called the result, alongside the UK’s exit from the European Union – part of the “two big political revolutions of 2016.”