Russia's Putin congratulates Hollande
Russia's newly-inaugurated President Vladimir Putin on Monday congratulated French president-elect Francois Hollande, vowing to work with the Socialist leader to strengthen ties.
Russia "truly values the traditions of the Russian-French partnership", Putin said in his congratulatory telegram. "I would like to confirm my readiness for active work to strengthen it further together with you."
"Russian-French ties are successfully developing in the most constructive vein on the basis of friendship, mutual sympathy and respect of our peoples," he added.
"Political dialogue, (and) mutually beneficial ties in the economic, scientific, technological, cultural and other spheres are expanding."
"The citizens of France have entrusted you with heading the country in this difficult and rather important period when not only Europe but also the entire global community are facing the pressing tasks of overcoming the consequences of the financial and economic crisis and building new models of cooperation."
Hollande was elected France's first Socialist president in nearly two decades on Sunday, defeating incumbent Nicolas Sarkozy and shaking up European politics.