Vladimir Putin whipped Russian parliament into a fervour Tuesday with a tough-talking, ultra-patriotic speech that left some lawmakers in tears Tuesday.
The West had “crossed the line” on Ukraine, Putin said as Russia moved to annex Crimea, which, he said has “always been and remains an inseparable part of Russia.”
Russia’s rhetorical offensive on Crimea is double-edged, though. Behind the president’s declarations, his aides are attacking the West with a Kremlin comedy offensive.
Vladislav Surkov, a top Putin advisor, thinks he’s won a “political Oscar from America for a best supporting actor” for making the sanctions list. “I am proud of this.”
“The only things that interest me in the U.S. are Tupac Shakur, Allen Ginsberg and Jackson Pollock,” Surkov told a Russian newspaper. “I don’t need…
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