Putin on Clinton: Don’t Argue With Women

Tough rhetoric a sign of weakness, he says
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 5, 2014 2:27 AM CDT
Putin on Clinton: Don’t Argue With Women
Russian President Vladimir Putin,meets Hillary Clinton on her arrival at the 2012 APEC summit in Vladivostok, Russia.   (AP Photo/Mikhail Metzel,Pool)

Vladimir Putin managed to refrain from grunting and beating his chest during an interview this week in which he suggested that Hillary Clinton is "weak"—"not the worst quality for a woman"—and said, "It's better not to argue with women." The Russian president was responding to a question on Clinton's criticism of his foreign policy, especially remarks she made earlier this year comparing his annexation of Crimea to Adolf Hitler's actions leading up to World War II, reports CNN.

"Ms. Clinton has never been too graceful in her statements," Putin said. "Still, we always met afterwards and had cordial conversations at various international events," he said. "When people push boundaries too far, it's not because they are strong but because they are weak," he added, presumably not referring to Russia's territorial boundaries. Putin also slammed the US for criticizing Russia's foreign policy when the US has military bases around the world and is "pursuing the most aggressive and toughest policy to defend their own interests," reports the Washington Post. (More Vladimir Putin stories.)

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