Putin: Maybe They Have Nothing Else To Do In America But Talk About Me

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Russian President Vladimir Putin is among those heading to the United Nations to address the General Assembly Monday, for the first time in more than a decade. Charlie Rose sat down for a one-on-one interview with the Russian leader for “60 Minutes” and looked at what Putin thinks of America and how the world views him, reports CBS News.

CHARLIE ROSE, CBS NEWS: You're much talked about in America. There's much conversation, more so than any.

RUSSIAN PRESIDENT VLADIMIR PUTIN: Maybe they have nothing else to do in America but talk about me. [laughs]

CHARLIE ROSE: No, no, no, or maybe they're curious people? [laughs] Or maybe you're an interesting character? Maybe that's what it is. As you know, some have called you a czar.

PUTIN: So what? You know people call me different names.

CHARLIE ROSE: But does the name fit?

PUTIN: No, it does not fit me. It's not important how I'm called, whether these are well-wishers, friends or political opponents. It's important what you think about you, what you must do for the interest of the country which has entrusted you with the position as the head of the Russian state.

CHARLIE ROSE: Are you curious about America? More than simply another nation that you have to deal with?

PUTIN: Of course we're curious about what's going on. America exerts enormous influence on the situation in the world as a whole.

CHARLIE ROSE: What do you admire most about America?

PUTIN: I like the creativity.

CHARLIE ROSE: Creativity?

PUTIN: Creativity when it comes to your tackling problems. Their openness -- openness and open-mindedness -- because it allows them to unleash the inner potential of their people. And thanks to that, America has attained such amazing results in developing their country.

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