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Putin backs Trump, but slates system

By Staff Reporter

Russian president Vladimir Putin has praised US president Donald Trump but he expressed disappointment with the US political system.

Mr Putin said it is "eating itself up".

Asked if he was disappointed with Mr Trump, Mr Putin told state TV that he had no such feeling.

He added that he had a very positive impression of Mr Trump, whom he met on the sidelines of international summits last year.

Mr Putin praised Mr Trump as a great communicator who is easy to talk to, a man with whom "you can search for a compromise".

Mr Putin added in yesterday's remarks he was disappointed in the US political system, which he said has "demonstrated its inefficiency and has been eating itself up".

Moscow's hopes for better ties with Washington have been dashed by allegations of collusion between Mr Trump's campaign and Russia.

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