The U.S. state Department considered “interesting” words of the President of Russia Vladimir Putin that Secretary of state Rex Tillerson appeared in “bad company”. This was stated by spokesman of the state Department Heather Nauert, reports RIA Novosti.
“A very interesting review of President Vladimir Putin,” said Neuert at the briefing.
On Thursday, Vladimir Putin expressed the hope that Tillerson will be able to build with Moscow in constructive dialogue. “We Mr. Tillerson, too, was once awarded the order of Friendship. But, apparently, he got into bad company and a little bit in the other direction otrulivaet”, — said Putin. He hoped that in the end “wind of cooperation, friendship and cooperation” will return American politics to the right course.
In 2011, Tillerson as a Director of ExxonMobil Corporation, held talks with Moscow on energy partnership. In 2012 for great contribution to the development and strengthening of cooperation with Russia was awarded the order of Friendship. Four years later the press-Secretary of Russian President Dmitry Peskov noted that this award is given for “efforts and activities for development cooperation in some specific areas or for fostering good international relations.”
Tillerson was appointed Secretary of state on February 1. The corresponding decision by the majority of votes adopted the Senate of the U.S. Congress.