Wednesday, August 07, 2013

Relations between U.S and Russia are becoming tense

It looks like that the ‘cold war’ is slowly creeping back. Obama has snubbed Putin by cancelling his meeting with Putin in September. It looks that history does repeat itself.

U.S. President Barack Obama said he was disappointed that Russia had granted temporary asylum to National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden. (Evan Vucci/Associated Press)

“The decision reflected both U.S. anger over Russia's harboring of National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden and growing frustration within the Obama administration over what it sees as Moscow's stubbornness on other key issues, including missile defence and human rights.

"There have been times where they slip back into Cold War thinking and a Cold War mentality," Obama said in an interview on NBC's The Tonight Show.

For its part, Moscow has accused the U.S. of installing a missile shield in Eastern Europe as a deterrent against Russia, despite American assurances that the shield is not aimed at its former Cold War foe. Putin also signed a law last year banning U.S. adoptions of Russian children, a move that was seen as retaliation for the U.S. measure that cleared the way for the human rights sanctions.”

Americans are also upset about Russia sending air defence missiles to Syria. However, there is no mention of Russia cozying up with Cuba.

“U.S. warns Russia

Sending air defence missiles to Syria could prolong civil war, John Kerry says.”

CBC Story.

Update: I forgot to mention U.S hypocrisy. Over the years U.S. has given refuge to hundreds of dissidents from Russia (formerly USSR) but if Russia does the same then it is horribly wrong. Why is it so?

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