Russian President Vladimir Putin joked that US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson «got mixed up with the wrong crowd and is probably moving in the wrong direction». He was speaking at the plenary session of the Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok, Thursday.
Putin noted that Tillerson was given the Russian Order of Friendship in 2013 and expressed hope that the «spirit of cooperation and... Еще friendship will set him on the right path».
The Russian president also said that «despite all the difficulties we have in the diplomatic arena, we still have contact with US companies, including such a big energy company as — Exxon Mobil, which was headed by Mr. Tillerson», adding «even against the backdrop of these diplomatic scandals, we have agreed how to solve this problem [drilling in Russia’s Far East], taking into account their interests».
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