I am writing to assure you that the Greenpeace I know is most certainly not an anti-Russian organization. In my experience they tend to annoy every government! And they never take money from any government or corporation anywhere in the world.Paul McCartney, in an open letter to Russian President Vladimir Putin, asking the Russian government to let go of 28 Greenpeace activists and two journalists being held after attempting to board a Russian oil rig in a protest a couple of months ago. McCartney is one of many asking for a safe resolution to the plight of the Arctic 30, who currently face charges of piracy.
Russia’s President Vladimir Putin has written an opinion piece in the New York Times, calling for caution in regards to Syria. In the piece, he writes:
The potential strike by the United States against Syria, despite strong opposition from many countries and major political and religious leaders, including the pope, will result in more innocent victims and escalation, potentially spreading the conflict far beyond Syria’s borders. A strike would increase violence and unleash a new wave of terrorism.
Read more of Putin’s piece at The New York Times.
Wait a second … this is just a David Brooks column with the wrong byline, isn’t it?
As soon as there is an opportunity for him to move elsewhere, I hope he will do that. The conditions for granting political asylum are known to him. And judging by his latest actions, he is shifting his position. But the situation has not been clarified yet.Russian President Vladimir Putin • Discussing the ongoing saga of NSA whisteblower Edward Snowden during a press conference on an island in the Gulf of Finland on Monday. The Russian president also laid much of the blame for the current situation on the United States, saying it was the U.S. government’s fault that Snowden hadn’t already arrived in one of the three Latin American countries he’s accepted asylum offers from. Snowden remains in the transit area of Moscow’s Sheremetyevo International Airport, but claims he’s currently seeking temporary asylum in Russia while he tries to find a safe means of travel to Venezuela, Bolivia or Nicaragua. source
I have not called President Xi personally or President Putin personally and the reason is…I shouldn’t have to.President Obama • Confirming that he has not personally reached out to either Russian President Vladimir Putin or Chinese President Xi Jinping, regarding the United States’ request for the extradition of NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, during a press conference in Senegal. President Obama elaborated, saying that the United States has a number of business and political deals in place, and that he didn’t believe “wheeling and dealing” was appropriate on this issue. source