In jumped Carl Bildt — the foreign minister of Sweden, a prolific tweeter, and a longtime critic of Vladimir Putin's Russia — to point out to Russia's foreign ministry that Australia's foreign minister is a woman.
About 24 hours later, the Russian foreign ministry fired back, saying its reference to Foreign Minister Julie Bishop as a "he" was merely a "misprint." And that it meant to say "it." And that..."aren't?"
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