US State Department spokesperson John Kirby harshly criticised Russia Today (RT) reporter Gayane Chichakyan, for asking "absolutely ridiculous" questions, after she repeatedly questioned him about the US attitude towards Turkey’s military deployment in Iraq.
During the State Department's daily briefing, Chichakyan repeatedly asked whether or not Washington approved of the Turkish military presence in northern Iraq, which sparked tensions between the two countries last week.
The crisis broke out after Turkish media reported about deployment of Turkish troops in Iraqi province of Mosul.
In response, Iraqi President Fuad Masum said the presence of Turkish soldiers in Mosul violates international law.
However, Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu stated that the deployment is nothing new and Turkish troops have been present in Mosul since last March to train local forces to fight against DAESH terrorists.
From the beginning, US State Department refused to publicly take sides, saying that “the two US allies should settle their differences directly.”
When RT reporter insisted on asking the same question, Kirby said "You have to be looking at these questions and almost laughing to yourself, don't you?"
"I mean, they're absolutely crazy,” he added.
Kirby continued his criticism of Chichakyan by saying “"I notice that your team very rarely asks any tough questions of their own government,” while referring RT which is an English-language news channel supported by the Russian government.
"Here at the State Department, you can come in here and ask me whatever you want," Kirby added.
"And you can be just as challenging as you want to be and accusatory in your questions. Some of those today, absolutely ridiculous. You can do that here in the United States. But I don’t see you asking those same questions about your own government about ISO file in Syria. And I would love to see those questions get asked,” said Kirby finalising the discussion.