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Farage’s admiration for Russian president Putin

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UKIP LEADER Nigel Fa r a g e has named Vladimir Putin as the world leader he most admires, praising the Russian president’s handling of the crisis in Syria.

The euroscepti­c MEP had less kind words for Angela Merkel, however, describing the German chancellor as “incredibly cold”.

He claimed to see little to choose between the leaders of Britain’s three major parties, telling GQ magazine he does not “give a damn” if Prime Minister David Cameron or Labour leader Ed Miliband wins next year’s general election.

While stressing he did not approve of Mr Putin’s annexation of Crimea, Mr Farage said EU leaders had been “weak and vain”, adding: “If you poke the Russian bear with a stick he will respond.”

The Ukip leader was quizzed for GQ magazine by Labour’s former director of communicat­ions Alistair Campbell, in his f irst interview in his new role as the glossy monthly’s “arch interrogat­or”.

Asked which current world leader he most admired, Mr Farage replied: “As an operator, but not as a human being, I would say Putin.

“The way he played the whole Syria thing. Brilliant.

“Not that I approve of him politicall­y.

“How many journalist­s in jail now?”

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PA/Getty. Nigel Farage, above, and Vladimir Putin.
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