> He's known as Russia's very own Donald Trump. Vladimir Zhirinovsky, leader of the country's ultra nationalist Liberal Democrats, is outspoken, provocative, and not known for his political correctness. Like Trump, he favors building walls and policies that restrict Muslims.>> Make America->> And he makes no secret of wanting to see his political twin in the White House.
The firebrand politician says a Trump victory in November would calm tensions between Moscow and Washington, while a win for Hillary Clinton could, he says, cause a nuclear war. His views may not exactly match those of Russia's president Putin, but Moscow chief correspondent, Andrew Osborne, says they do give an insight into the political motive of Kremlin ahead of U.S. vote.
>> There's a feeling here that if Donald Trump won the US election, that would be much better for Russia. Why? Because Trump has made a series of statements, which have gone down rather well in Moscow. He has questioned America's commitment to NATO, for example. And he's also said that he'll review the situation around Crimea and the sanctions which America has on Russia over Crimea.
>> Zhirinovsky issued dramatic warnings of what he believes could happen if Clinton becomes president.>> Under Clinton, he believes the relationship between Moscow and Washington, already in a very poor condition, would get even worse and that there will be a risk that some incident could spark some kind of a war.
That she would take a very hard line with Russia. That tensions would ratchet up, and up, and up. And that one day, he believes, that could end in some kind of global confrontation.>> Washington's accused Russia of hacking campaign emails, to interfere in the US election process. A charge Moscow denies, but Zhirinovsky's outspoken views will be seen as another attempt to do just that.