By Rebecca Shabad - 06/12/14 11:50 AM EDT
Hillary Clinton on Thursday took a jab at Russian President Vladimir Putin, days after he criticized the former secretary of State.
At an event at the Council on Foreign Relations, Clinton spoke about the strong personal relationships she developed with her foreign counterparts as the nation's top diplomat.
“I’m talking about you, Vladimir,” Clinton said with a sassy tone.
The think tank’s president, Richard Haass, had asked Clinton whether personal relationships mattered as secretary of State.
“I do think the personal relationships matter,” she said, but “at the end of the day, leaders are going to do what they think is in the best interest of their states.”
Clinton’s jab comes after Putin recently criticized her demeanor.
“It’s better not to argue with women,” he said. “But Ms. Clinton has never been too graceful in her statements. Still, we always met afterwards and had cordial conversations at various international events.”
Clinton wrote about Putin in her new memoir Hard Choices. She said she warned President Obama about Putin’s territorial ambitions early on, but Obama initially ignored her concerns.