In an interview broadcast live on CNBC on Friday, Russian President Vladimir Putin mocked President Barack Obama for criticizing Russia’s role in the ongoing crisis in Ukraine. Putin drew laughs from the audience when he dismissed Obama’s criticism, saying that Obama should “get a job on court somewhere” if he intends to judge Russia.
Putin was asked to respond to Obama’s accusation that Putin had been telling “untruths” when he denies Russia’s involvement in instigating the bloody crisis in Ukraine. “Who is he to judge?” Putin asked. “He wants to judge people, why doesn’t he get a job on a court somewhere?”
After some more jocularity, Putin insisted that Russia would respect the outcome of a May 25 presidential election in Ukraine. While he criticized the interim government in Kiev, Putin insisted that Moscow “will have every respect for the choice the Ukrainian people will make.”
Watch the clip below, via CNBC:
[h/t The Hill ]
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