Putin Slams U.S. “It’s Hard To Maintain Dialogue With People Who Confuse Austria and Australia”

Russian President Vladimir Putin slammed the U.S. Tuesday over its treatment of the Russian diplomatic mission in the country. Putin has said that to conduct dialogue with the country which confuses Austria with Australia, difficult. So he has answered the question of cooperation of Moscow and Washington set at a conference following the results of a visit on the BRICS Summit in China. About it on Tuesday, September 5, the correspondent of Lenta.ru reports.

Speaking to journalists on Tuesday, Putin said the Americans were acting like bullies by shutting down Russian diplomatic facilities.

“The Americans were in their right to reduce the number of our diplomatic facilities. But they did it in an obviously bullying manner, and that does no credit to our American partners,” he said.

“It’s difficult to have a dialogue with people who confuse Austria and Australia. There is nothing to do about it. Apparently that’s the level of political culture of a certain part of the American establishment.”

“America is really a great nation and the Americans are a great people if they can endure so many people in the government with such a low level of political culture,” Putin remarked.

The eviction order was apparently meant to maintain the principle of parity of the diplomatic missions of two nations, as requested by Russia. Putin said technically Russia could up the ante in this game and have 155 more American diplomatic staff removed.

“We have agreed with our partners that there should be parity of the number of diplomatic staff in Russia and the United States. There were some 1,300 diplomats from the US; we had 455. We corrected this.”

“But among those 455 diplomatic staff working in the United States there are 155 people working at the United Nations. Strictly speaking, they are not part of the diplomatic corps accredited by the US State Department,” he added.

“So true parity would be the US not having 455 diplomats in Russia, but 155 fewer.”

The United States has ordered the closure of the Russian consulate in San Francisco and two buildings housing trade missions in Washington and New York. U.S. President Donald Trump took office in January, saying he wanted to improve ties with Russia. But relations have been damaged by accusations from U.S. intelligence officials that Russia sought to meddle in the presidential election. U.S.- Russian relations have also been badly strained since Moscow’s annexation of Crimea in 2014 and the subsequent separatist conflict in eastern Ukraine, developments which led Washington to impose sanctions on Russia.

Trump, himself battling allegations his associates colluded with Russia, grudgingly signed into law new sanctions against Moscow that had been drawn up by Congress. When asked if he was disappointed in U.S. President Donald Trump, Putin said that the question sounded “very naive.”

“Trump is not my bride, and I’m also not his bride or groom. We are engaged in statesmanship,” Putin said, adding that both him and Trump were driven by interests of their countries.