The US embassy in Moscow. Photograph: Anadolu Agency/ Getty Images
While denying accusations of interference, Putin claimed last week to have always known Trump would win.
Nobody believed hed win. Except us, of course. We always believed, he told, during his annual press conference. Putin has praised Trump and carried cautious optimism that relations could improve when he enters the White House.
Trump will now have to decide how to calibrate his Russia policy when he enters the White House. He has previously brushed off criticism over his fawning attitude towards Putin, and his tone was not changed by the recent US intelligence assessments of interference.
In a statement earlier this month, Trump said he had received a very nice letter from Putin wishing him a happy Christmas, and told Putins thoughts are so correct on the need to improve bilateral relations. Trump has also voiced approval of Russias intervention in Syria.
Trump has dismissed reports of Russian interference in the election. On Thursday, he told: Its period for our country to move on to bigger and better things.
He added, however, that in the best interests of our country and its great people, I will meet with leaders of the intelligence community next week in order to be updated on the facts of this situation.
Timeline of protests and exclusions
Thursdays expulsion is the latest in a long line of diplomatic incidents between Russia and the US since 2000.
Washington complains to Moscow after two US diplomats allegedly have their drinkings spiked with date-rape medications while attending a UN anti-corruption convention in St Petersburg.
Two Russian officials are expelled in reprisal for what the State Department tells was an attack on an US diplomat in Moscow by a Russian police officer. Washington tells it is the latest incident in an intensifying campaign of harassment against US embassy staff in an effort to disrupt our diplomatic and consular operations. Russia in turn expels two US citizens, including the man who was attacked.
The US claims to have cracked a clandestine Russian snoop ring are stationed in New York. Two accused humen, protected by diplomatic immunity, leave the US and a third is arrested.
The US and other world leaders decide to exclude Russia from the G8 following its annexation of Crimea. The Russian foreign ministry tells the country does not assure a great misfortune in the expulsion.
Russia expels a US embassy employee, Ryan Fogle, days after parading him on nation Tv claiming he was a CIA spy who had been trying to recruit a Russian counter-terrorism officer.
Days later, the FSB names a human it tells is the CIA station chief in Moscow, in what looks just like a calculated snub to Washington, weeks after the two countries agreed to share intelligence over the Boston marathon bombers, who had roots in Russias north Caucasus region.
An anonymous FSB officer discloses in May that four months earlier, in January 2013, Moscow had expelled a suspected snoop working undercover at the US embassy.
Ten people living in the north-eastern US are arrested and charged as sleeper snoops, who had assumed deep-cover identities on long-term assignings for the Russian intelligence agencies. Among them is Anna Chapman, who gained British citizenship when she was married to a Briton. This was subsequently rescinded. All plead guilty to conspiracy and “they il be” handed over to Russia in exchange for four alleged double-agents in a captive swap on the tarmac at Vienna airport.
Washington expels 50 Russian envoys following the arrest in a Virginia suburb of Robert Hanssen, an FBI intelligence officer accused and later convicted of acting as a double agent for Moscow for 15 years. Moscow retaliates by expelling a similar number of US citizens.