By Mario Trujillo - 01/24/14 10:53 AM EST
Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) on Thursday night called Russian President Vladimir Putin a “thug” he has no intention of meeting.
During an interview on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” Boehner called on President Obama to stand up to the Russian leader more forcefully.
"No,” Boehner said when asked if he ever met Putin.
U.S.-Russian relations have been tested over the past year during a series of disputes involving intervention in Syria, missile defense, and Russia’s decision to grant amnesty to National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden.
Boehner’s comments come ahead of the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.
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