Russian Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Maria Zakharova © Evgeny Biyatov / Sputnik
Michael Crowley, Politico: Obama administration becomes target of Russian ridicule
Taunted by Moscow, Kerry chooses to look the other way while pursuing a diplomatic dialogue.
White House press secretary Josh Earnest is used to being a political target — but not a military one.
Moscow’s Embassy in Washington tweeted an image Wednesday juxtaposing a photo of an anti-aircraft missile system alongside — and pointed at — the White House spokesman’s face.
Speaking to reporters later that day, Earnest laughed off the tweet. “I have no idea what message they were trying to send,” he said. But the tweet's text was clear enough: It was a warning to the U.S. about its military role in Syria. “Russia will take every defensive measure necessary to protect its personnel,” it read in part.
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WNU Editor: Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswomen Maria Zakharova certainly has a biting tongue .... she reminds me of American conservative pundit Ann Coulter .... both can give and take .... and they are fast when they are doing it. But is this smart diplomacy .... IMHO the answer is no. Diplomats and their spokespersons have to be careful with the language they use because words do have an impact .... and the wrong word and/or impression can act as an unnecessary diversion from the real issues that need to be discussed. On a side note .... she appears to be a fan of Republican Vice President candidate Mike Pence.