With the tensions between the United States and Russia still running quite a bit hotter than normal, Vladimir Putin’s hissy fit had no place in international politics.
Putin, who has aligned himself foolishly with the monstrous Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, recently woke with a major black eye in the form of a U.S. airstrike on an airfield used by Assad to launch a chemical weapons attack against his own civilians. Putin, as he does, began huffing and puffing, and threatening to blow down diplomatic relations between the Kremlin and the White House. Not long after, the Pentagon announced that they were looking into reports that the Russians were complicit in the coverup of the unethical attack.
Pow. Two black eyes.
Putin, feeling more than a bit incensed at the investigation, and at the airstrike, defiantly wagged his finger at the United States by proclaiming that he would refuse to meet with U.S Secretary of State Rex Tillerson during the diplomat’s trip to Moscow.
Now we know that Putin is a lot more bark than bite.
“U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson met Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow Wednesday, despite reports that the Kremlin leader had refused a face-to-face meeting with the top American diplomat, reveal various Russian state media outlets.
“’Russian President Vladimir Putin is meeting US Secretary of State Tillerson and Russian Foreign Minister [Sergey] Lavrov at the Kremlin,’ said Dmitry Peskov, a spokesman for the Russian president, on Wednesday, without elaborating on what they would discuss.“’We have not announced any such meetings and right now there is no meeting with Tillerson in the president’s diary,’ Peskov told reporters on Monday, dismissing the potential for such a meeting. He added that ‘returning to pseudo-attempts to resolve the crisis by repeating mantras that Assad must step down cannot help sort things out,’ suggesting a meeting between Tillerson and Putin would be unproductive given the current political climate.
“The revelation comes on the heels of Russian President Putin declaring that U.S.-Russian relations have worsened under American President Donald Trump’s watch.”
Whether Putin was simply humoring Tillerson, or if the Kremlin truly believes that they are on the short end of this diplomatic tug of war is yet to be seen. With Syria’s sizable ISIS contingent hanging in the balance, it would behoove the globe if Vladimir Putin would capitulate or get off the pot.