In September, Trump announced that if he were elected president he would deal with Putin with respect, and Moscow and Washington would not be experiencing the issues they were currently going through.
"He is a very bright person, talented without any doubt. It is not our business to assess his worthiness, but he is the absolute leader of the presidential race. He says he wants to move to a different level of relations — a fuller, deeper [level] — with Russia, how can we not welcome this? Of course we welcome this," Putin told journalists after his annual press conference.