- Title: Russia's Zhirinovsky celebrates Trump victory with champagne
- Date: 9th November 2016
- Summary: MOSCOW, RUSSIA (NOVEMBER 9, 2016) (REUTERS) LIBERAL DEMOCRATIC PARTY OF RUSSIA LEADER, VLADIMIR ZHIRINOVSKY, FILLING GLASSES WITH CHAMPAGNE FOOD ON TABLE VARIOUS OF ZHIRINOVSKY FILLING GLASSES TV-SCREEN SHOWING NEWLY-ELECTED PRESIDENT TRUMP SPEAKING (SOUNDBITE) (Russian) LIBERAL DEMOCRATIC PARTY OF RUSSIA LEADER, VLADIMIR ZHIRINOVSKY, SAYING: "To Donald Trump's victory! To new internal and foreign U.S. policy! And to speedy improvement of relations between Russia and the United States. (ZHIRINOVSKY CLINKING GLASSES TOGETHER WITH HIS PARTY MEMBERS) This is a historic moment because it has not occurred for the past 71 years." BOTTLES WITH CHAMPAGNE, FOOD ON TABLE (SOUNDBITE) (Russian) LIBERAL DEMOCRATIC PARTY OF RUSSIA LEADER, VLADIMIR ZHIRINOVSKY, SAYING: "To Donald Trump, to his victory! To everything being good in the United States. (ZHIRINOVSKY DRINKING CHAMPAGNE) And in accordance with Russian tradition we don't snack after the first shot. Let's have the second glass. (ZHIRINOVSKY FILLING GLASS WITH CHAMPAGNE)" BOTTLES WITH CHAMPAGNE, SWEETS ON TABLE (SOUNDBITE) (Russian) LIBERAL DEMOCRATIC PARTY OF RUSSIA LEADER, VLADIMIR ZHIRINOVSKY, SAYING: "We can become allies in Syria, allies in Ukraine. And maybe there will be changes in NATO. Americans can stop its funding. So, changes might take place everywhere." ZHIRINOVSKY SPEAKING BOXES WITH CHAMPAGNE BOTTLES VARIOUS OF EXTERIOR STATE DUMA
- Embargoed: 24th November 2016 13:14
- Keywords: U.S. election Trump Clinton Russia politicians reaction celebration Zhirinovsky
- Location: MOSCOW, RUSSIA
- City: MOSCOW, RUSSIA
- Country: Russia
- Topics: Government/Politics,Elections/Voting
- Reuters ID: LVA00157Q5QO7
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- Story Text: Leader of Liberal Democratic Party of Russia and ultra-nationalist ally of the Russian president, Vladimir Zhirinovsky, invited Parliament members and journalists into his office in State Duma on Wednesday (November 9) to celebrate Republican Donald Trump's U.S. election victory with champagne.
"To Donald Trump's victory! To new internal and foreign U.S.policy! And to soon improvement of relations between Russia and the United States. This is a historic moment because it hasn't happened during the last 71 years," Zhirinovsky said emptying a glass of champagne with his party comrades at his Duma office.
Trump stunned the world by defeating heavily favoured rival Hillary Clinton in Tuesday's presidential election, ending eight years of Democratic rule and sending the United States on a new, uncertain path.
Among those uncertainties will be the Trump administration's future relations with Russia. Ties between Washington and Moscow have become increasingly strained over the conflicts in Ukraine and Syria, and allegations of Russian cyber attacks featured in the U.S. election campaign.
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