That’s nice. You know what I want? Ukraine to have Crimea back. We all want things we’ll never get.
MOSCOW (Reuters) – President Vladimir Putin called for an improvement in ties between Russia and the United States on Friday in an Independence Day message to Barack Obama, urging Washington to treat Moscow as an equal partner.
“The head of the Russian state expressed hope that … ties between the two countries will develop successfully on the basis of pragmatism and equality despite difficulties and disagreements,” the Kremlin said in a statement, outlining a telegram sent to Obama on the July 4 holiday.
“Vladimir Putin also highlighted that Russia and the United States, as countries carrying exceptional responsibility for safeguarding international stability and security, should cooperate not only in the interests of their own nations but also the whole world.”
Invading and annexing neighboring countries is in direct conflict with all of those stated goals.
Moscow thinks the Obama Administration is stupid, and sadly Moscow may be right. Don’t be surprised at all if the administration interprets this bullcrap as an authentic peace offering. We’re talking about the same people who were caught off-guard by Russia’s invasion of Crimea because, hey, Vladimir Putin promised he wouldn’t.
Russia wants, or rather demands, a respect that doesn’t come with destabilizing peaceful neighbors and then using the opportunity to steal regions. There isn’t much Washington can do to directly stop Moscow’s aggression, but we sure as hell shouldn’t reward it with “equality” and “respect” in our dealings.