Russian president is among first to congratulate Republican on his surprise victory in the US elections.
Sergei Markov – a pro-Kremlin political analyst – was jubilant at the result and said a Trump presidency would make it more likely the US would agree with Russia on Syria where the two powers back different sides and Moscow has intervened decisively on behalf of the president Bashar al-Assad.
Markov also said it would mean less American backing for ‘the terroristic junta in Ukraine’.
He denied allegations of Russian interference in the election but said ‘maybe we helped a bit with WikiLeaks’.
The Obama administration accused Russian authorities of hacking Democratic party emails that were leaked to WikiLeaks.
Putin has previously dismissed as ‘nonsense’ claims of Russian interference.
Alexei Venediktov – the editor-in-chief of Russia’s liberal Echo of Moscow radio said that while some in the Kremlin were probably celebrating other ‘more serious’ people realised there were unpredictable times ahead.
‘Putin doesn’t like unpredictability and Trump is the definition of unpredictability’ he said.
‘They celebrated Brexit and then Boris Johnson became foreign secretary and they thought ‘Oh God – what is this?’