The Russian embassy has graced this page with a claim so extraordinary that it deserves further attention.
“Russia’s foreign policy is peaceful,” the embassy wrote on March 8. However, a few highlights from the historical record make a nonsense of this claim:
1. “We will bury you” – UN Khrushchev’s warning to Western diplomats, Moscow, 1956.
2. “I can destroy the US in 30 minutes or less,” Putin, New Century banquet, Moscow, December 2011.
3. Putin narrating video montage of a hypersonic missile that cannot be intercepted heading towards the US (Florida), March 2018.
4. Putin again mentioning nuclear war and the new Tsirkon hypersonic missile, Moscow, December 20, 2018.
As I stated in my previous missive, Russia needs another peacemaker like Gorbachev, not a preening strongman who suppresses dissent while blustering about nuclear conflict to stir nationalistic feeling at home. Russians deserve better.