> As for newly elect US President, Mr. Trump, there's nothing new here.
Putin taking, at times, fawning questions from the public and press. It wasn't long before he was asked about President-elect Donald Trump. Thursday, Trump tweeted plans to bolster America's nuclear arsenal. But Putin placed his victory, shying away from criticism.>>
During his election campaign, he spoke about the need to strengthen the US nuclear capability, armed forces, there's nothing unusual about it.>> The strong man also showing a tough stance on accusations of state-sponsored Russian doping, saying it was a conspiracy. On Russian's troubled economy, he told the audience there was light at the end of the tunnel.
There's rarely a tough question at this annual event. For one thing, it's mediated by Kremlin Press Secretary, Dmitry Peskov. But it does offer an insight into how Putin views the world, or perhaps more importantly, how he wants to be seen by it.