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Trump noted Putin had an "82 percent approval rating," predicted he would have a "very very good relationship" with Putin, and compared Putin favorably to Obama.
"The man has very strong control over a country," Trump said of Putin. "It's a very different system and I don't happen to like the system, but certainly, in that system, he's been a leader, far more than our president has been a leader."
Trump said he would not be influenced by Putin's praise of him as "brilliant" (Putin denied a report he used the phrase) on a policy level, but also indicated he would repay it in kind on a personal level.
"If he says great things about me, I'm going to say great things about him," Trump said.
The U.S. presidential election is to be held Nov. 8, 2016.
Putin introduced bill to Duma that allows using anti-aircraft defense on Ukraine and Belarus border. DOCUMENT (in Russian)(0)