In a recent interview with The Atlantic, US President Barack Obama expressed his thoughts on his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin. According to Obama, Putin was "scrupulously polite, very frank" at their "very businesslike" meetings.
"The truth is, actually, Putin, in all of our meetings, is scrupulously polite, very frank. Our meetings are very businesslike," Obama told The Atlantic. "He never keeps me waiting two hours like he does a bunch of these other folks," Obama said, Sputnik news agency reports.
According to Politonline, the word combination "polite people" became an Internet meme in the midst of the Ukrainian crisis, during the time of Crimea's reunification with Russia, when special forces "politely" occupied strategic positions and acted as correct as possible despite all their power.
Barack Obama also said that Putin understands Russia's weaker role in today's world.
"The fact that he invades Crimea or is trying to prop up Assad doesn't suddenly make him a player ... Real power means you can get what you want without having to exert violence," Obama said.
Interestingly, Obama stated that Kiev was Moscow's, rather than Washington's interests. However, the State Department officially reported the transfer of $5 billion to opposition NGOs in Ukraine, and we all remember Deputy Secretary of State Nuland handing out bread on Maidan, or Senator McCain applauding Maidan riots.
In the interview, Obama called Ukraine a "kleptocracy." "Russia was much more powerful when Ukraine looked like an independent country but was a kleptocracy that he could pull the strings on," Obama said.
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