Putin directs sexist remark at US anchor

Russian President Vladimir Putin said that a U.S. news anchor was “too beautiful” to understand him about an issue with Europe over gas supplies. 

At a panel in Moscow for Russian Energy Week, CNBC journalist Hadley Gamble asked the Russian president about reports that the country is withholding gas supplies to Europe in a bid to drive up prices. 

“Beautiful woman, pretty, I’m telling her one thing. She instantly tells me the opposite, as if she didn’t hear what I said,” he told the audience in Moscow on Wednesday.

Gamble quickly hit back at Putin, telling him that she “heard” him just fine, adding that her point was regarding why Russia had taken so much time to address the gas supply issue. 

A visibly annoyed Putin responded by saying, “Listen, you’ve just said: ‘You don’t supply gas to Europe through pipelines.’ You are being misled. We are increasing supplies to Europe. Gazprom by 10 percent. Russia has increased supplies by 15 percent. We are increasing, not decreasing supplies.

“Did I really say something so hard to understand?” he added.

On her Instagram, Gamble also posted a photograph of a Russian newspaper’s front page the next day that showed her extended leg while on stage with Putin. 

“My best angle,” she said. 

At the same gathering, Putin said the U.S. is partly to blame for the gas shortages Europe is currently facing.

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