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Russia: 'Very good' - Putin comments on Sports Minister Mutko's English skills01:39

Russia: 'Very good' - Putin comments on Sports Minister Mutko's English skills

Russian Federation, Moscow
December 17, 2015 at 11:56 GMT +00:00 · Published

Light-hearted questions were raised over Russian Sports Minister Vitali Mutko’s command of the English language, at President Vladimir Putin’s annual media Q&A conference in Moscow on Thursday.

Putin said he admired the sports minister for his sense of humour regarding his English and that Mutko has “no complexes and he is ready to work" on his language skills. "In fact it is very good," Putin said of Mutko's English skills.

The president addressed a question on whether he had given Mutko an English phrasebook for his birthday, saying “I would never allow myself to give him such a gift if I did not know that he would take it calmly, easily and have no issue with it."

The Russian leader defended Mutko saying “it is one thing when people speak English from childhood and another thing when they try to acquire such skills in adulthood." He concluded by saying “learning foreign languages is the best exercise for the mind. I hope that my colleagues will listen to this [advice] and follow it.

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Light-hearted questions were raised over Russian Sports Minister Vitali Mutko’s command of the English language, at President Vladimir Putin’s annual media Q&A conference in Moscow on Thursday.

Putin said he admired the sports minister for his sense of humour regarding his English and that Mutko has “no complexes and he is ready to work" on his language skills. "In fact it is very good," Putin said of Mutko's English skills.

The president addressed a question on whether he had given Mutko an English phrasebook for his birthday, saying “I would never allow myself to give him such a gift if I did not know that he would take it calmly, easily and have no issue with it."

The Russian leader defended Mutko saying “it is one thing when people speak English from childhood and another thing when they try to acquire such skills in adulthood." He concluded by saying “learning foreign languages is the best exercise for the mind. I hope that my colleagues will listen to this [advice] and follow it.

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