Russian President Vladimir Putin described US Seretary of State Hillary Clinton as “weak” Wednesday, in an interview on French television.
AFP reported that Putin was asked about Clinton's recent remarks that his apparent deployment of Russian troops into neighboring Ukraine recalls moves by Hitler to protect ethnic Germans living outside of Germany.
"It's better not to argue with women," Putin replied, adding: "But Mrs. Clinton has never been too graceful in her statements."
Putin said that he met Clinton when she was the top US diplomat "and had cordial conversations at various international events. I think even in this case we could reach an agreement".
"When people push boundaries too far, it's not because they are strong but because they are weak," said Putin, who then added: "But maybe weakness is not the worst quality for a woman."
When pressed by French reporters about whether the matter was serious in his eyes, he answered: "Someday I will indulge myself and we will laugh together at some good joke," he responded.
But Putin didn't stop at that, according to AFP. "When I hear such extreme statements, to me it only means that they don't have any valid arguments.
"Speaking of US policy, it's clear that the United States is pursuing the most aggressive and toughest policy to defend their own interests. At least this is how the American leaders see it, and they do it persistently."