Russian President Vladimir Putin, in a bitter remark, waded into Russia's diplomatic row with the US, saying Moscow could further cut United States diplomatic staffing in Russia and termed US searches of a Russian consulate and other diplomatic properties as rude.
Since Washington announced the termination of Russia's consulate in San Francisco, as well as diplomatic properties housing trade missions in Washington and New York, Putin in his first public announcements on the deepening diplomatic row said, "It is tough to conduct a dialogue with people who confuse Austria with Australia; however, there is nothing we can do about this. It seems to be the level of political culture in a certain part of the US establishment."
Putin’s comments came during a news symposium at an economic summit in the Chinese city of Xiamen. President of Russia repeated boilerplate about how he and US President Trump defended their nationwide interests, but mixed his comments with bitter jokes.
Calling it naive, President Putin swiped away a question about whether he was disappointed with US President Trump.