Skip to comments.Exclusive: Putin Halts All Talks With White House
Posted on 04/25/2014 12:58:14 PM PDT by Nachum
As new U.S. sanctions against Russia loom, the Kremlin has shut downat least for nowintensive high level communications between top U.S. and Russian officials.
Since the invasion of Crimea, President Vladimir Putin and President Barack Obama have had regular phone calls in an often half-hearted attempt to deescalate the ongoing crisis inside Ukraine. But as the U.S. and EU prepare to unveil new sanctions against Russia, Putin has decided the interactions should stop. The Kremlin has ended high-level contact with the Obama administration, according to diplomatic officials and sources close to the Russian leadership. The move signals an end to the diplomacy, for now.
Putin will not talk to Obama under pressure, said Igor Yurgens, Chairman of the Institute for Contemporary Development, a prominent Moscow think tank, and a close associate of Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev. It does not mean forever.
Obama and Putin last spoke over the phone on April 14, a call that the White House said was initiated at Moscows request. Obama urged Putin in the call to end Kremlin support for armed, pro-Russian activists creating unrest in eastern Ukraine. Obama also warned that the U.S. would impose more costs on Russia if Putin continued his current course. According to the Kremlins readout of the call, Putin denied Russian interference in eastern Ukraine and said that such speculations are based on inaccurate information.
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Well, after all, there are plenty of adult, responsible people he can spend his time talking to instead.
These idiots think everything can be reduced to a political campaign.
Obama has him real scared. He is shaking in his boots.
Putin’s sides are hurting from the Laughing
Despite our differences on many subjects Mr. Putin and I have that in common.
> These idiots think everything can be reduced to a political campaign.
They’re a bunch of 3 chord song makers.
Straw polls show Alaska voting for Putin over Obama for the lower tax rates.
Putie is playing a strong hand these days....
Obama is going to start WWIII precisely because he has ZERO diplomatic experience. Or military experience. Or foreign relations experience.
If only we could somehow organize the Russian military into a community, then we’d have Putin licked!
Putin could have been an ally of the United States...but OBAMA BLEW IT.
And just a reminder to you liberals in New England who still, for some stupid reason, approve of Obama...
That's right. Think about that when you're singing the praises of liberal politicians like Elizabeth Warren, John Kerry, Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Hussein Obama.
I envy his ability to do so. I wish WE could shut him off also.
In retaliation, Obama will be cancelling Amazon Prime membership for several Russian diplomats.
Bond movies can add a new villain, Obama
*sigh* me too.
The US has progressed from the world's policeman to the world's busy-body neighbor...sticking our noses into things that are none of our business.
You’d think the ‘Progressives’ would have learned from GWB’s mistaken charm offense. The ‘I looked into his eyes’ bit didn’t work. It led to seizure of Georgian Territory.
Obama & Clinton tried the ‘Reset’ (’Overcharge’-doesn’t anybody know Russian?) and it led to Crimea.
Sounds as if the US under this cockamamie Administration has amateurishly wandered right up to the brink of war.
My hope is that FR folks use judicious and wise use of their words on FR, at least until we are past what appears to be coming.
I hear he does that to all strong guys
Putin had better not push Obama too far. Obama probably has a crack team of Occupy activists ready to set up a drum circle in front of the Russian embassy on a minute’s notice. Asymmetrical warfare — think Putin is ready for that?
No no no, even worse, Obama is going to enroll Putin in ObamaCare.
When is Obama going to play the race card?
That would be a warcrime
Wait a minute. I LOVE AC/DC.
Oh yeah, that band, “Bam, Jerry, and the Holders”; I don’t like that group.
Texas is about to do the same thing....
Not that I’m a Romney fan but he was laughed at by the democrats and media when he suggested during the campaign that Russia was our biggest potential threat.
Related. Part of this:
Dear Mr. Putin,
If you decide to EMP us, please instead of detonating one Giant EMP device over Kansas, please instead detonate two smaller deivces, one between Washington D.C. and NYC, and the other Between LA and SanFranSicko.
Signed the Heartland.
P.S. I recommend not trying to invade us after doing this.
(the above post is dripping in sarcasm)
The Bushies are no better because they have no strategy for victory, the GOPe containment policy is the same.
It was used in Iraq when the Iranians set IED’s in to kill our soliders in the Bush years.
NO RESPONSE TO IRAN OF A MILITARY NATURE, JUST THE STUPID TALKING THAT OBAMA HAS CONTINUED TO NOWHERE WHILE THEY DEVELOP NUCLEAR WEAPONS....
Yes. Has anyone else at anytime simply hung up the phone on an American POTUS? I can’t think of any, even in wartime.
If it were only that. We are not content to pry. We leave carnage.
This is exactly what Republicans, if they really did care about America, should have done. With O and the media.
I seem to remember this clever quote from Obama during one of the debates with Romney “Hello the 1980’s are calling and they want their foreign policy back”
(even a mocking slam on the traitør triggers the gag reflex)
From what I have been seeing in Russian Media, Kerry’s “Faked Indignation!” speech yesterday REALLY pi***d off the Russians.
The Russians got tired of talking about transgendered rights
And being lectured on how Global Warming is the greatest threat to mankind.
“And now Putin has obviously grown tired of Obama and his childishness.”
We have an Administration that thinks creating new Twitter hashtags is how you defeat the Russians.
It is all the Alinkyites know.
(And Alinsky was a “KGB Useful Idiot”. Go figure...)
Just more evidence of all the friendships Obama has won the US after the terrible record of Bush diplomacy. /s
I would so love to know what Edward Snowden has provided Putin with to bring about this mockery of America, the once strongest power on this earth.
So now what? Putin has “hung up the phone” and can go about doing whatever he wants. President Scary Barry. What a sham.
Anyway, Obama calls him Master.
I don't think Alinsky was an idiot. He was part of the operation. However, Obama was and remains one of the useful idiots, a true believer.