(NEWSER) – Vladimir Putin held forth for about three hours Thursday in his annual end-of-year news conference, and, as usual, he made headlines for venturing into topics large and small. Some examples:

  • On Donald Trump: "He is a bright personality, a talented person, no doubt about it," he said, per NBC News. Though he praised Trump for seeking a "closer, deeper" relationship with Russia, this wasn't exactly an endorsement: "It is not up to us to appraise his positive sides, it is up to the US voters. But, as we can see, he is an absolute leader in the presidential race."
  • Turkey did what? He clearly hasn't forgiven Turkey for shooting down a Russian military jet, using Putinesque language to suggest the Turks were currying favor with the US. "If someone in the Turkish government decided to lick the Americans in a certain place, well I don't know then, was that the right decision or not?" he asked, per the Telegraph.

 

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