The Times awarded the title because Putin “succeeded in one of his most enduring ambitions: to bring Moscow back to the International high table”.
The newspaper said Putin has played the key role in preventing foreign aggression against Syria, which seemed to be inevitable.
His efforts in easing the crisis in Ukraine, a credit worth USD15 billion given to it and a considerable discount on the Russian gas supplies have enabled the country to avoid a large-scale economic collapse.
In October, Putin was named “the Most Powerful Person on the Planet” by Forbes magazine.
In 2007, Putin was named “Person of the Year” by the US Time magazine./.