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Alex Salmond: 'Putin remark was not ill-judged'

Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond said remarks he made about admiring Russian president Vladimir Putin were not ill-judged.

In a magazine interview he had commended Mr Putin on "restoring a substantial part of Russian pride".

However, a number of Westminster politicians called Mr Salmond's comments a "gross error of judgement".

Mr Salmond told the BBC: "When I spoke about Russian pride, it was in the aftermath of the Sochi Olympics which I think most people would agree were well run, a success and restored Russian pride.

"They were balanced remarks and any reasonable interpretation would say they were pretty sensible as well."