President Vladimir Putin congratulated Donald Trump on his victory in the U.S. presidential election and said he would do everything he could to repair ties between the two countries after their most serious standoff since the Cold War.

“Russia is ready and wants to restore full-scale relations with the U.S.,” Putin said at a Kremlin ceremony Wednesday to accept new ambassadors’ credentials. “We understand it will be a difficult path, but we are ready to play our part.”

The Russian leader praised Trump as a “colorful” personality during the election campaign and welcomed his pledge to improve the relationship with Moscow. Trump has said he’s willing to work with Putin on fighting Islamic State in Syria and Iraq. He also said he’d consider recognizing Russia’s 2014 annexation of Crimea as well as lifting sanctions that the U.S. imposed along with the European Union over the land grab and Russia’s clandestine military intervention in eastern Ukraine. European leaders, especially in the former-Soviet Baltic states, have been alarmed since Trump said...Read more...