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Russia's Zhirinovsky Praises Trump, Says Vote For Clinton Is Vote For War

Vladimir Zhirinovsky, leader of the Liberal Democratic Party of Russia, speaks during an interview with Reuters in Moscow on October 11.

Russian lawmaker Vladimir Zhirinovsky, long known for his fiery threats and outlandish bluster, has some advice for American voters: choose Donald Trump or there will be nuclear war.

Zhirinovsky, who has likened himself to the U.S. Republican candidate, said in an interview published on October 12 that a vote for Trump's Democratic rival Hillary Clinton would result in war.

"Americans voting for a president on November 8 must realize that they are voting for peace on planet Earth if they vote for Trump. But if they vote for Hillary, it's war. It will be a short movie," he was quoted by Reuters as saying. "There will be Hiroshimas and Nagasakis everywhere."

Zhirinovsky, who heads the Liberal Democratic Party of Russia, has a long reputation for making xenophobic, sometime racist or belligerent, statements. Many Russians view him with benign bemusement, and his party regularly joins in rubber-stamping Kremlin-backed legislation in the Russian parliament.

In the past, he has proposed building a barbed-wire fence along parts of southern Russia, where many Muslim Russians live, a proposal that has echoes of Trump's call for a wall along the U.S. border with Mexico.

He has also called for Russia to take Alaska back from the United States.

Based on reporting by Reuters