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President Dmitry Medvedev, Russia’s Maximum Blogger, launched a flame war this week against Viktor Yushchenko, the president of neighboring Ukraine.
In a vlog posted on the Kremlin 2.0 site, Medvedev accused Yushchenko of stoking tensions with Russia — and explained why he won’t be sending an ambassador to Kyiv unless ties improve.
“Recently, both the Ukrainian and Russian public have raised the alarm about our bilateral relations,” Medvedev said in a video taped on the Black Sea coast. “Even Ukrainian politicans admit that they have reached unprecedented lows.”
According to Medvedev, Ukraine is guilty of arming Georgia, which engaged in a brief, nasty war with Russia over the separatist enclave of South Ossetia. “Ukrainian weaponry claimed the lives of civilians and Russian peacekeepers,” he said. And he charged the Ukrainian leadership with “obstruction” of Russia’s Black Sea fleet, which is based on Ukrainian soil.
Dima, please. If you want to get our attention, you at least have to take your shirt off. And the Ukrainians have already struck back: They have posted a parody on YouTube, dubbing the original video with a new text. “Aliens have taken over Ukraine,” the overdubbed Medvedev says. “And that’s no joke.”