The Russian President Vladimir Putin has hit back in his ongoing row with the former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, saying that it is “better not to argue with women” and that “maybe weakness is not the worst quality for a woman” in a series of sexist comments live on French TV.

Mr Putin’s interviewer was forced to intervene and say that “women must be respected, of course” after the President was asked about the prospect of seeing Ms Clinton at the D-Day commemorations in France.

The pair last clashed in March when she described Russia’s actions in Ukraine with those of Adolf Hitler in the 1930s.

When the comments were brought up in the interview last night, Mr Putin said: “It’s better not to argue with women. But Ms. Clinton has never been too graceful in her statements.

He added: “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.”

Asked at a California fundraiser earlier this year about Mr Putin’s annexation of the Crimea peninsula and the apparent pressure applied by Russian troops on the eastern Ukrainian border, Ms Clinton reportedly said: “Now if this sounds familiar, it’s what Hitler did back in the 1930s.

“All the Germans that were … the ethnic Germans, the Germans by ancestry who were in places like Czechoslovakia and Romania and other places, Hitler kept saying, ‘They’re not being treated right. I must go and protect my people,’ and that’s what’s gotten everybody so nervous.”.. see more

source: independent UK