"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