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?
Mr. Snowden is a free man, and the sooner he chooses his final destination the better it is for us and for him…I hope it will not affect the business-like character of our relations with the U.S. and I hope that our partners will understand that.Russian President Vladimir Putin, flippantly brushing aside Washington’s demands that Russia extradite Edward Snowden. “Moscow is now giving wedgies and making the Obama administration eat bugs,” the American Interest’s Walter Russell Mead wrote yesterday. That may be true, but Putin also claimed that Russian intelligence hasn’t attempted to debrief Snowden, which if true, should at least be a minor relief to the Obama Administration. Still, though, this is undoubtedly aggravating news for Washington. source
I took out the ring and showed it to Putin, and he put it on and he goes, ‘I can kill someone with this ring.’ I put my hand out and he put it in his pocket, and three KGB guys got around him and walked out.New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft • Accusing Russian President Vladimir Putin of stealing one of his Super Bowl rings back in 2005, during a meeting in St. Petersburg. The ring, worth in excess of $25,000, was by Kraft’s telling simply being shown off to Putin when he pocketed it, and Kraft wanted it back. But he also claims he then received a call from the Bush administration White House on the matter, saying “It would really be in the best interest of US-Soviet relations if you meant to give the ring as a present.” source
They rifled through everything, every wardrobe, in the toilet, in the refrigerator. They searched under the beds. Were they looking for our secrets?Russian Left Front party leader Sergei Udaltsov • Discussing the searches that Russian police did on both his home, and those of other opposition figures, on Monday morning. Political foes of Vladimir Putin, who protested heavily ahead of his election as president, are now finding themselves the subject of major crackdowns. Putin recently signed a law increasing fines for public street demonstrations, among other things. ”What we are witnessing today is in essence the year 1937,” said activist Yevgenia Chirikova. “It is an absolutely clear scenario in which the authorities scare the people.”