Russian President Vladimir Putin yesterday described US Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump as a talented and outstanding man, welcoming his stance on Russia.
"He is a very outstanding man, unquestionably talented," Putin told journalists after his annual press conference in Moscow.
"He's a very colorful person. Talented, without any doubt. But it's not our affair to determine his worthiness. That's up to the United States voters," Putin said.
He added: "He wants to move to a different level of relations, to more solid, deeper relations with Russia. And how can Russia not welcome that? We welcome that."
“As for his internal political issues and his turns of speech which he uses to raise his popularity, I repeat, it’s not our job to judge them," Putin said.
Putin said Russia is ready to work with the United States no matter who is elected president next year. "We are ready to work with any president chosen by the American people."