Russian president Vladimir Putin was "infuriated" by President Obama's joke that he looked "like the bored kid in the back of the classroom," according to a Kremlin official quoted anonymously by The New York Times.

The report comes as the United States weighs a military response to the use of chemical weapons in Syria — a move that Russian officials have warned President Obama against. Russia is expected to block any attempt to get authorization for a strike in the United Nations Security Council, where Moscow holds veto power.


Obama made the comment earlier this summer during a showdown with Putin over Edward Snowden, the former U.S. Defense contractor who leaked top-secret details on the National Security Agency's surveillance programs. Putin ultimately opted to grant Snowden temporary asylum over the objections of Obama, and the president was asked about his working relationship with the Russian leader.

"I know the press likes to focus on body language, and he's got that kind of slouch, looking like the bored kid in the back of the classroom. But the truth is that when we're in conversations together, oftentimes it's very productive," Obama said.

The president insisted that he did not have "a bad personal relationship with Putin."

"When we have conversations, they’re candid, they’re blunt; oftentimes, they’re constructive," Obama continued.