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What the world thinks: Foreign leaders react to Trump

  • Russia

    Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks during his annual end-of-year news conference, with a flag of Turkey seen in the foreground, in Moscow, Russia, December 17, 2015. REUTERS

    In Russian strongman Vladimir Putin, Donald Trump may have found his biggest international advocate.

    The Russian, who forcefully annexed the Crimean Peninsula away from neighbor Ukraine and who is regularly accused of prolonging the bloody war in Syria by coming to the rescue of his other ally, Bashar Assad, has called Trump an "undoubtedly brilliant, talented person."

    "He is talking about moving to a different level of relations, a closer, deeper relationship with Russia," noted Putin in December. "How can we but welcome that? Of course we welcome that."

  • Tucker Reals

    Tucker Reals is the CBSNews.com foreign editor, based at the CBS News London bureau.