Vladimir Putin has insisted President Trump was “not my bride and I’m not his groom” as he criticised the USA for its treatment of Russian diplomats on American soil.
Referencing a gaffe made by former USA president George W Bush in 2007, Mr Putin said: “It’s hard to conduct a dialogue with people who confuse Austria and Australia”. On Saturday, Russia was forced to vacate its consulate in San Francisco and two diplomatic buildings in NY and Washington after the United States ordered the move, the latest twist in a lengthy feud.
“He’s not my bride”, Putin told reporters at an economic summit in the Chinese city of Xiamen.
North Korea’s ambassador to the United Nations in Geneva said his country’s “recent self-defence measures” were “gift packages” for the USA and more would follow “as long as” the Trump administration “relies on reckless provocations and futile attempts to put pressure on the DPRK”.
Putin swatted away a question about whether he was “disappointed” with Trump, calling it “naive”. I am not his bride, nor his groom.
“As for our buildings and facilities, this is an unprecedented thing”, he said.
The Obama administration said it was retaliating for Russian meddling in the US presidential election.
Russian energy minister Alexander Novak said that in the event that sanctions on North Korea were ramped up, his country would be relatively unaffected as Russia “only supply oil products there (and) the volumes are negligible, close to zero”.
Yet the series of tit-for-tat expulsions and punishments seems unlikely to end there, and Russian Federation says it is weighing options.
South Korean President Moon Jae-in called for stepped up efforts to further improve his country’s relationship with Russian Federation on Tuesday, also expressing hope for the countries to sign a free trade agreement to enhance their economic ties.
“It’s ridiculous to put us on the same (sanctions) list as North Korea and then ask for our help in imposing sanctions on North Korea”, said Putin.
“They would rather eat grass but will not give up the [nuclear] program if they do not feel safe”, Putin was quoted by The Associated Press as saying.
The Russian leader thinks that hysteria around North Korea is useless as it can only lead to global catastrophe and mass casualties. “There is no other way to solve the North Korean nuclear issue, apart from through peaceful dialogue”.
He told the audience that Russian Federation condemned North Korea’s recent actions but opined that there was no other way to manage the situation than through dialogue.
“The Russian leader added that trade turnover between Russia and North Korea nearly equals zero”.