Russian President Vladimir Putin has come out in support of US President-elect Donald Trump as the latter was tagged "inexperienced" by China. On Sunday (4 December), Putin said that Trump is a clever man and he will learn the nuances of diplomacy soon.
Nonetheless, the unusual support from Russia has come as a surprise.
"He could achieve success in business, which says that he's a smart man. And if he's a smart man that means that he'll fully and quickly enough realize this different level of responsibility. We expect that he will act with this perspective in mind," Putin told Russia's NTV in an interview.
Putin told lawmakers and officials at the Kremlin that they are ready to "cooperate with the new American administration". He said: "It's important to normalise and start to develop our bilateral relations on an equal and mutually beneficial basis."
Putin also said that he wanted to leave all bitter disagreements, economic sanctions and conflicts over issues like Syria and Ukraine behind and mend ties with the incoming US administration
"Of course I am counting on joining forces with the United States in the fight with the real, not invented, threat of international terrorism," he added, referring to the US' support to Syrian rebel forces who are trying to topple President Bashar al-Assad's regime. (IBT 20161205)