Putin Calls Trump Clever; Norway Wants Clear Policy on Russia

Russia

Calling Donald Trump a clever man, Russian President Vladimir Putin believes that US president-elect will quickly understand new responsibilities.

Putin is hoping that Trump will play an important role in restore U.S.-Russia relations.

“Trump was an entrepreneur and a businessman. He is already a statesman, he is the head of the United States of America, one of the world’s leading countries,” Putin was quoted as saying by state-controlled NTV on Sunday.

“Because he achieved success in business, it suggests that he is a clever man. And if (he is) a clever man, then he will fully and quite quickly understand another level of responsibility. We assume that he will be acting from these positions,” Putin added.

Trump called Putin a better leader than US President Barack Obama during the election campaign, BBC reported. Trump is expected to build better relations with Russia. He will be taking office on Jan. 20.

Talking to political elite in Russia last week, Putin said that Russian does not “want confrontation with anyone. We don’t need it. We are not seeking and have never sought enemies. We need friends.”

He added that Russia is “ready to co-operate with the new US administration. We have a shared responsibility to ensure international security.”

Putin noted that attempts to create a unipolar world, where one country has economic, military, and cultural dominance, had failed.

Trump and Russia

During his election campaign, Trump has made it clear that he respects Russia’s leader.

In September, US president-elect said Putin had “great control over his country” and he is a better leader than President Obama. Trump was criticized for these comment.

Norway wants Trump to outline a clear policy on Russia, The Independent reported on Saturday.

Norway defense minister Ine Eriksen Søreide said that they are concerned by missile tests carried out by Russia, equipment upgrades and the deployment of submarines from six Arctic bases.

“They have been re-establishing their ‘bastion’ defense concept,” Søreide told Reuters. She was referring to the Soviet Union’s Cold War strategy of heavily defending maritime areas such as the Barents Sea.