It takes no savvy to know what Vladimir Putin will do next. Putin (Vova or VVP, as he is known by Russians) can be counted on to do exactly what his declared “enemy” – the United States – does not want him to do. He will do so, moreover, unadorned with diplomatic language or tact. Putin’s granting of asylum to fugitive Edward Snowden is just another on a long list of examples.
Putin sends ships full of supplies to Syria during Assad’s lowest point in his civil war as President Obama declares Assad must leave. He provides Iran with “peaceful” nuclear technology and weakens sanctions as Obama declares the noose is being tightened. He sends his emissaries to anti-American rulers in Latin America. VVP consistently votes against U.S. proposals in the United Nations.
Now VVP has stuck his finger straight in Obama’s eye. Surprise, surprise: He has granted fugitive Snowden asylum in Russia – a not unexpected move after he allowed a passportless Snowden to enter Moscow Sheremetova without a visa. Take that, Barack, he says with gesture and deed.
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