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Putin praises Trump for role on global oil markets ahead of U.S. election

FILE PHOTO: Russia's President Vladimir Putin addresses members of the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs (RSPP) via a video conference call at the Novo-Ogaryovo state residence outside Moscow, Russia October 21, 2020. Sputnik/Alexei Druzhinin/Kremlin via REUTERS

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin praised his U.S. counterpart Donald Trump on Thursday for his role in stabilising global oil markets, but criticised his administration for sanctioning Russia 46 times.

Putin made the comments at an investment forum in Russia five days before Trump runs against Democratic rival Joe Biden in the U.S. presidential election on Nov. 3.

Reporting by Vladimir Soldatkin; writing by Tom Balmforth; editing by Mark Trevelyan

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