Russian President Vladimir Putin has said that he hopes Donald Trump becomes the next President of the United States.
At an annual news conference on Thursday, Putin said that Moscow is ready to develop relations with Washington with whoever wins the 2016 race, but said he hopes that Trump gets elected due to the fact he’s a bright and talented person.
Putin said the latest visit to Moscow of US Secretary of State John Kerry this week showed that “in general the US side is also ready to move towards a joint solution to those issues that can be solved only jointly.”
“This is already, in principle, a wise position, we have supported it in every way and will support it,” the president added.
Russia has never closed itself, “whoever the US people elected.” “They always try to tell us what we need to do in this country — whom to elect and whom not to elect, and according to what procedures. We never do this and we stay out of (their business),” he said.
Vladimir Putin said he considers Donald Trump to be the absolute leader of the US presidential race and simply a talented person.
“He is a bright and talented person without any doubt. He is the absolute leader of the presidential race,” Putin told journalists.
Putin hailed Donald Trump’s remarks about readiness for a deeper level of relations with Russia if elected US president. However, Putin has opted not to comment on the remarks Donald Trump uses to prop up his popularity in the US presidential race.
“He says he will want to reach another, deeper, level of relations (with Russia). What else can we do but to welcome it? Certainly , we welcome it.” Putin said. “That is none of our business to evaluate his accomplishments but he remains the absolute front-runner in the presidential race. He is an outstanding and talented personality without any doubts,” Putin said.
“Intra-political things – his turn of phrase to prop up his popularity -” are not a matter of concern for Russia, Putin said.
“It is none of our business to estimate this work of his,” the Russian president said.