US billionaire and presidential candidate Donald Trump has commented on Vladimir Putin's remarks in his address.
After his annual Q&A session with journalists, Russian President Putin answered a question about his attitude to Donald Trump and his preelection campaign.
Putin preferred not to give any assessment to his pre-election campaign, but said that he welcomed Trump's readiness to develop relations with Russia if he wins the US presidential election.
"How can we say that we do not welcome it? Of course, we do. It is not our business to define his advantages, but he is the absolute leader of the presidential race. He is a bright man, a talented person, no doubt," Putin said.
"It is always a great honor to be so nicely complimented by a man so highly respected within his own country and beyond," Trump said in a statement. "I have always felt that Russia and the United States should be able to work well with each other towards defeating terrorism and restoring world peace, not to mention trade and all of the other benefits derived from mutual respect," Trump said.
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