Obama fulfilled promises despite 'challenges': Putin
US President Barack Obama has rallied on the political front while faced with challenging severe economic conditions at home, Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said Wednesday.
"Such assessment is to be provided by the electorate, by the people who voted for him, basically, American citizens first," Putin said on CNN's "Larry King Live."
"But... generally speaking, I might as well say that the President Obama has been confronted with very serious challenges... right now, especially in the sphere of the economy.
Yet, "Obama did whatever he could to respond to the aspirations of the American people... He promised to do that. He did it," Putin said.
"It's not up to me to judge whether he has taken the right or wrong steps when he passed through the parliament the law on health care, for one," he added.
The Russian prime minister alsos said Obama had helped ease bilateral tensions, saying that "we are thankful to him for the fact that he has softened the rhetoric in the US-Russia relations," which have opened the door for more dialogue between the two countries.
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