Russian President Vladimir Putin had some choice words for Hillary Clinton during an interview this week, calling the former Secretary of State a “weak” person who’s “never been too graceful in her statements.”
Putin’s comments Tuesday came in response to questions posed by French journalists regarding remarks Clinton reportedly made earlier this year in which she compared the Russian leader’s aggression in Ukraine to Adolf Hitler’s tactics in the 1930s.
“It’s better not to argue with women,” Putin said, per a transcript of the interview posted online by the Kremlin. “But Ms. Clinton has never been too graceful in her statements. Still, we always met afterwards 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. But maybe weakness is not the worst quality for a woman.”
The interview, the Kremlin writes on its website, was conducted on Jun. 3 in Sochi.
Clinton, a potential Democratic 2016 presidential contender, hasn’t been the only person who’s been skewered by Putin for comparing him to Hitler. Last month, Reuters reported that the Russian president had accused Prince Charles of unroyal and unacceptable behavior after the royal allegedly compared him to the Nazi dictator.