Vladimir Putin says he wanted Donald Trump to win the US election

Vladimir Putin has said he wanted Donald Trump to win the US Presidential election.

The Russian President made the comment during an eye-popping press conference with the US President after their first major summit in Helsinki.

Asked if he wanted Trump to win the 2016 election, or if he directed any Russian officials to help him do that, President Putin replied: "Yes, I did, because he talked about bringing the US-Russia relationship back to normal."

He later added: "President Trump, when he was a candidate, he mentioned the need to restore the Russian-US relationship.

"And it’s clear a certain part of American society felt sympathetic about it.

"Isn’t it natural to be sympathetic towards a person who is willing to restore the relationship with our country, who wants to work with us?"

This breaking news story is being updated.

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