President Vladimir Putin has called Russia a “blessing” and a “sick country” after the US President Donald Trump branded the country as a “troubled” country during a speech on Thursday.
Speaking at a ceremony in Moscow for the annual Russian Winter Olympic Games, Putin said the US president was a “brutal” and “mad” man who had to be treated as an enemy by Russian leaders.
He said Russia was an “obsolete country”, adding that “it has a strong national interest” and that the US was not a member of the global community.
“We can’t allow the US to become a victim of its own bad feelings, and its own isolation,” Putin said.
“This is not the way of people.
We will fight back,” he added, as he opened the ceremony with a speech to the audience.”
When we see the American president’s words and actions, we see a sick and a humiliated country,” he said.
The President of Russia spoke after the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics in Sochi.
He added that it was important to “strengthen the bonds of friendship” between the US and Russia.
“I am very happy that you have chosen us as your allies,” he told the Russian audience.
He also expressed optimism about the future of relations between the two countries.
“Russia and the United States are united on the road to peace and prosperity.
We have never lost hope, and we will never give up our dream of peace and freedom,” he concluded.US President Donald Trumps visit to Russia in January saw a clash between the leaders, with the Russian leader accusing Trump of “bullying” and the US accusing him of being a “dictator”.
Trump accused the Russian President of trying to “destabilise” the country and of trying “to destroy Russia” ahead of the two leaders’ meeting in Hamburg.