[Ed. – The world is mocking our President. Solution: Since a new world is difficult to establish, how about a less pathetic President?]
Russia’s ambassador to the United States this morning had a telling retort when asked about President Obama’s comments that Russia is a “regional power acting out of weakness.”
“If you consider Russia ‘a regional power,’” he said, “look at our region — it is from Europe to Asia.” President Vladimir Putin has talked up a Eurasian Union as his anti-Western alternative to the European Union, and close advisers to Putin believe in a vision for a unified Eurasian culture in opposition to the liberal West.
When ABC’s George Stephanopoulos asked the ambassador whether Russia would consider pulling back from Crimea as a condition of a diplomatic solution, he wasn’t taken too seriously either: “What kind of ‘from Crimea’ are you talking about?” Ambassador Kislyak said. “We are talking about territory of Russian Federation [sic].”
Crimea, he said, is now part of Russia, because “there was an expressed will of people living in Crimea to become part of Russian Federation.”