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'Smart man' Trump will soon realise level of responsibility, says Putin

Russian President Vladimir Putin has said he is confident that US President-elect Donald Trump will soon realise the level of responsibility his job entails.

Despite Mr Trump's pro-Russian statements during the campaign, Russian politicians are concerned about reports that Mr Trump is considering Mitt Romney, known for his harsh stance on Russia, to be his secretary of state.

Mr Putin said in an interview with the NTV channel that he is confident Mr Trump will make responsible choices.

He said that Mr Trump's business accomplishments show him to be a "smart man".

He added that "if he is a smart man, that means that he will fairly soon become aware of a different level of responsibility. We expect that he act with these considerations in mind."

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