President Obama announced some fairly toothless sanctions against Russia today for its actions against Ukraine. In response, a Russian official laughed at him and called him a prankster.
Russia’s deputy prime minister laughed off President Obama’s sanction against him today asking “Comrade @BarackObama” if “some prankster” came up with the list.
The Obama administration hit 11 Russian and Ukrainian officials with sanctions today as punishment for Russia’s support of Crimea’s referendum. Among them: aides to President Vladimir Putin, a top government official, senior lawmakers, Crimean officials, the ousted president of Ukraine, and a Ukrainian politician and businessman allegedly tied to violence against protesters in Kiev.
It remains to be seen whether the sanctions will dissuade Russia from annexing Crimea, but one an early clue that they will not be effective came just hours later when President Putin signed a decree recognizing Crimea as an independent state, perhaps an early step towards annexation. (Read more, but prepare for auto play video)
Obama’s pretty much a joke to the rest of the world. Smart power. Please.
In related news, Russia is now sanctioning US officials and lawmakers.