WASHINGTON Russian President Vladimir Putin and U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump praised each other on Thursday, saying they would welcome an improvement in the now-icy relations between their two nations.
Trump - who holds the lead in opinion polls in his bid for the Republican nomination and was dubbed the "absolute leader" in the race by Putin - said that by working together, the United States and Russia could work toward defeating terrorism and "restoring world peace."
16:54 A Subdued Putin Calls for ‘Mutually Beneficial’ Relations With the U.S13
15:40 Russia's Putin calls Donald Trump 'a clever man' who will learn12
22:59 Trump speaks with Taiwanese president, a major break with decades of U.S. policy on China21
13:12 Putin Wants to Work With Trump as Equals to Restore Relations13