"He is a very outstanding man, unquestionably talented," Putin told journalists after his annual press conference in Moscow

Putin said Russia is ready to work with the United States no matter who is elected president next year.

Trump, a tycoon and onetime reality television star who has unexpectedly become leader of the Republican presidential candidates' race, has been gaining both fans and enemies recently for his inflammatory remarks against Muslims.

He has vowed to ban all Muslims from entering the United States if he succeeds in his bid to become the next US President.

British Prime Minister David Cameron yesterday called Trump's comments 'divisive, stupid and wrong'.

Putin said that Trump's comments to his domestic audience while on the campaign trail were not Russia's concern, but added that he likes the Republican hopeful's statements on Russia.

Trump was asked yesterday what he would do to get Russia's military presence out of Syria, and answered that he would first get Putin's respect.

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