Former President Bill Clinton says Russian President Vladimir Putin is “highly intelligent,” but has a skewed perception of Russian greatness.
“He is highly intelligent, deeply, deeply patriotic in terms of Russia, but he sees it more in terms of the greatness of the state and the country than what happens to ordinary Russians,” Clinton said Sunday during the Global Education & Skills Forum in Dubai.
In an interview during the forum with Fareed Zakaria, Clinton gave his take on Putin as a leader.
“I think he’s got a sort of fatalistic view of the misfortunes that befall ordinary people when larger things are at stake,” Clinton said. “I think the largest things that are at stake are the misfortunes that befall ordinary people. It depends on how you look at the world and what you think the purpose of politics is.”
However, Clinton, citing his own dealings with Putin, said the Russian president was never misleading.
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