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Putin Dismisses Clinton's Hitler Comparison With Sexist Jab


Russian President Vladimir Putin greets then-U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton upon her arrival at an APEC summit in Vladivostok in 2012.

Russian President Vladimir Putin greets then-U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton upon her arrival at an APEC summit in Vladivostok in 2012.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has responded to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's comparison of his actions in Crimea to Hitler's actions in Nazi Germany.

"It’s better not to argue with women," Putin told French radio station Europe 1 on June 4. "But Ms. Clinton has never been too subtle in her statements."

He added that the two had "cordial conversations" when meeting.

"When people push boundaries too far, it’s not because they are strong but because they are weak," Putin added. "But maybe weakness is not the worst quality for a woman."

Clinton is the Democrats' leading candidate for president in 2016, though she has not made a decision. She made the comparison speaking at a private event in California on March 4.

-- Carl Schreck

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