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Relax and do some yoga, Moscow tells sanctions-waving US leaders

Published time: April 04, 2014 13:59
Edited time: April 05, 2014 18:14
Building of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Smolenskaya-Sennaya Square in Moscow (RIA Novosti/Yu. Levyant)

Building of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Smolenskaya-Sennaya Square in Moscow (RIA Novosti/Yu. Levyant)

Russia’s barrage of sarcastic comments to the Obama administration, which is seeking to impose sanctions to change Moscow’s stance on Ukraine, has been enriched with a piece of advice to relax and look for inner tranquility.

The comments came from Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov, who was speaking with Interfax news agency about the worst period of tension between Russia and the US over the past two decades.

“The American leadership is apparently stuck, and they just can’t accept the new situation, which arose to a great degree as a result of the deliberate effort of the US and their European allies to bring anti-Russian forces to power in Ukraine,” the diplomat stated.

“What can we advise our American colleagues to do? Spend more time outdoors, do some yoga, have healthy food, probably, watch more comedy series on TV. That would be better than working yourselves and others up, knowing that the train is already departed and that no tantrums, crying and hysterics can help,” he added.

Ryabkov was referring to a string of US sanctions against Russia, which harmed low-level interactions between American and Russian officials, but have no effect whatsoever on Russia’s foreign policy.

The sanctions are a response to Moscow’s acceptance of Crimea, a former Ukrainian region, as a new part of Russia. Crimea held a referendum and voted to declare independence from Kiev and join Russia, following an armed coup in the Ukrainian capital.

The public part of the sanctions, which include travel bans and foreign assets freezes, targets Russian politicians and businessmen, who the US considers part of President Putin’s inner circle. So far, sanctions have only managed to provoke sarcastic requests from Russian politicians, not included in the US blacklist, to add them as well.

The less-publicized part of the sanctions includes severing cooperation with Russia in many spheres, from trade talks to space exploration. Those seem to avoid areas, where the US would be hurt by such a breakup, like the delivery of NASA astronauts to the International Space Station on Russian spacecraft, or Russian transit of NATO’s military shipments to Afghanistan.

Comments (76)

 

Alex Semiletow 08.04.2014 11:53

[quote name='Me :-) ' time='06.04.2014 14:28']Obama is more intelligent, a better speaker, more educated and much taller. He does not use botox and he has been married to the same woman for over 20 years. Obama is not afraid to show his two daughters to the world.
Dear Me: you are so clearly uninformed that what you write seems like an uninformed disinformation of the State Department

 

Jeffreystokes Stokes 06.04.2014 20:29

The closer we move to truth the harder people work to hide it. Yanokovych won't get to tell his side or face his trials, Putin won't let that happen. He will be a bargaining chip to satisfy the Ukrainian government when the west starts flexing their muscles too bad he will be delivered silenced.

 

Me :-) 06.04.2014 14:28

Obama is more intelligent, a better speaker, more educated and much taller. He does not use botox and he has been married to the same woman for over 20 years. Obama is not afraid to show his two daughters to the world.

Acco rding to the new poll that just came out, 80 percent of Americans say Putin is not honest and trustworthy, and just 48 percent believe he is mentally stable.

In European press Putin is often compared to Hitler. The U.K. government published a response to Putin's speech on March 17th. Putin is depicted as a war monger who violates the territorial integrity of other countries.

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