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    Russian Patriarch Kirill Sends 'Heartfelt Congratulations' to Trump

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    Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia Kirill congratulated on Wednesday Donald Trump on being elected the 45th US president and expressed hope for the development of relations between the United States and the Russian Orthodox Church.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Earlier in the day, Trump won the US presidential elections despite most of the analysts and opinion polls predicting his defeat to Democratic Party nominee Hillary Clinton.

    "Heartfelt congratulations on your election as the president of the United States of America. US people's choice indicates that people highly trust in you and hope that you will be developing the country and bring changes to the spheres of internal policy and international relations… I hope that the long-standing relations between the Russian Orthodox Church of the United States will continue for the benefit of our peoples united by common history and Christian values," Patriarch Kirill said, as quoted by the press service of the Russian Orthodox Church.

    According to the patriarch, the United States plays an important role in solving modern challenges, including in fight against terrorism and protection of fundamental values of high moral ideals.

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