The 14th Dalai Lama considers Russia the leading world power

Spiritual Leader of Buddhists His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama spoke of Russia's leading role in the world and his admiration for Vladimir Putin. The President of the International Chess Federation, FIDE Kirsan Ilyumzhinov met with the 14th Dalai Lama in India a few days ago.

"I have always considered Russia as a leading world power," His Holiness said in a conversation with Kirsan Ilyumzhinov. "Putin is very active; he visits many countries of the world. It causes me to admire him and I appreciate his efforts."

The 14th Dalai Lama stressed that "the revival of our ancient ties between Tibet and Russia, especially with the Russian regions where Buddhism is practiced, is very important. The reasons for this are not political but spiritual. We have had very special relationship for centuries.
Among the outstanding philosopher scientists, who studied and taught in Tibet, were philosophers from Kalmykia, Buryatia and Tuva. These were not ordinary philosopher scientists, but philosophers of the highest level. This proves that we had special connections over the centuries."