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    Putin's 2015 Annual Year-End Press Conference (41)

    Russian President Vladimir Putin said that US presidential hopeful Donald Trump is "the absolute leader of the presidential race".

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Russian President Vladimir Putin welcomed Thursday US presidential hopeful Donald Trump's words of his readiness to improve relations with Russia.

    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.

    Putin's 2015 Annual Year-End Press Conference (41)


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