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MOSCOW, August 4 (RIA Novosti) – A senior US Senator said Sunday that Russian President Vladimir Putin was behaving like a “schoolyard bully,” and added his voice to growing calls for US President Barack Obama to cancel a planned bilateral meeting with Putin next month in Moscow.
Moscow’s decision to grant asylum to fugitive intelligence expert Edward Snowden means that the relationship between the United States and Russia is now “more poisonous than at any time since the Cold War,” Democratic Senator Chuck Schumer said Sunday, CBS television network reported.
Snowden, who is wanted in the United States for leaking details of secret state surveillance programs, was granted temporary asylum last week in Russia after reportedly living in the transit zone of Moscow’s Sheremetyevo airport for over a month after his arrival on a flight from Hong Kong on June 23.
Putin has said repeatedly that Russia will not extradite Snowden to the United States, where he could face the death penalty.
"President Putin is behaving like a schoolyard bully, and in my experience, I've learned, unless you stand up to that bully, they ask for more and more and more," Schumer said, according to CBS. "He's always going out of his way, President Putin is, to seem to poke us in the eye, whether it's in Iran, Syria, now with Snowden - so I would urge the president not to go forward with the bilateral meeting next month. That would give Putin the kind of respect he doesn't deserve at this point in time."
The comments from Schumer came as US television network NBC ran a report on its “Meet the Press” show Sunday claiming that Obama had already decided to cancel the meeting with Putin in Moscow, which was planned as a part of his September visit to Russia for the G20 Summit in St. Petersburg.
White House spokesman Jay Carney said Thursday that the United States was “extremely disappointed” about Russia’s decision to give refuge to Snowden, and indicated that the planned summit between Obama and Putin was under threat – but said that no final decision on Obama’s attendance had been taken. There was no official US response to the NBC report that the meeting had been scrapped.
The announcement that Snowden had received asylum in Russia was loudly condemned by a series of senior US lawmakers last week. US Senator John McCain, a consistent Kremlin critic and former presidential candidate for the US Republican Party, called the move “a slap in the face of all Americans.”
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- firstname.lastname@example.org(no title)01:24, 05/08/2013Schumer sounds like he is describing himself as the school yard bully
- DariusThe bullier game ?11:04, 05/08/2013Everybody knows who the biggest bullier nation in the world is ; the United States of America !
Evidences are numerous.
- gauag10Who? What?11:10, 05/08/2013I think its the other way round.
Bully is the one who forces and pushes other to do things they dont want to. Seems like this guys needs a crash course in english.
- bielecDemocracy is dead in America13:34, 05/08/2013This "democratic" senator should be more concerned with the U.S. government spying on its citizens, taxpayers, and voters than with the asylum granted to Snowden who had a courage to disclose these disgusting practices.
The "schoolyard bully" reference is completely idiotic, especially from a senator of the United States of America, the biggest international bully in modern history.
This incident clearly shows that the U.S. politicians don't really represent their people and that the honesty and validity of the U.S. elections is highly questionable.
- gdpettiPonerized20:07, 05/08/2013This is the manner of speech and policy that comes out of any ponerized state and the USofA has reached the zenith in this process and all that's left is the collapse, hopefully not too many more will get pulled in as it destroys itself. Schumer is a typical psychopath who puts all the blame on anyone that doesn't do what they want them to do, therefore they are 'evil' because they resist. Here in the States, the process has reached into nearly every aspect of life from politics, religion, military, intel, mass media, science et al. This is the same pathogen made famous throughout the Communist era in Europe, which has been reborn in the West by the oligarchy that controls both parties, thus the common policy for the setup of the NWO, usually led by the three amigos of McCain, Lieberman and Graham with sidekicks like Pelosi etc. The Founding Fathers complained about the infiltration of their Masonic Lodges back in those days as the foundation of the republic was taking place. The seeds of empire are always present in every country, only awaiting the proper conditions to thrive, which usually occurs after the republic has been built up, only then can that pathogen seed of destruction bloom like the demon seed it is and lie, cheat, steal, conquer, control, dominate and destroy, rape and pillage all around it. That's what psychopaths do, because they can if we let them. The current 'American' policies are an excellent example of that. Like Hitler, if they can't 'have it all', then they will destroy it all. Welcome to the NWO, a Global Police State, brought to you by the usual suspects throughout time. History is full of such examples.
- alokbWho cares!02:44, 07/08/2013President Putin does not need to care about Charles Schummer's juvenile characterisation. It reflects badly on Senator Schummer. There are 100 of them in the USA. There is only one president of Russia.
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Edward Snowden is not an isolated case but part of an independent community which is increasingly resolute in asserting itself and rejecting “raison d’Etat” and behind-the-scenes manipulation. The direct results of Snowden’s disclosures are most clearly evident in the context of Russian-American relations. The Snowden case has humiliated Europe, which Putin took the opportunity to remind them of.