Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a news conference after BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) Summit in Xiamen, China September 5, 2017. Sputnik/Mikhail Klimentyev/Kremlin via REUTERS
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Russian President Vladimir Putin refrained from criticizing U.S. President Donald Trump at a news conference in China Tuesday, but said a decision to shutter Russian diplomatic outposts in the U.S. was poorly handled.Asked how Russia would feel if Trump were impeached, Putin said it would be "absolutely wrong" for Russia to discuss domestic U.S. politics.However, further U.S. sanctions on Russia and the U.S. decision to close Russian diplomatic outposts have raised concerns that the two countries remain far apart.Hours after Putin's comments, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Putin ordered his Foreign Ministry to sue the U.S. government over the issue.Putin also spoke favorably of the U.S. president.Putin said that any decision by the U.S. to supply defensive weapons to Ukraine would fuel the conflict in eastern Ukraine and possibly prompt pro-Russian separatists to expand their campaign there.
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