Russia in Ukraine, It Just Doesn’t Wash

The Russian position in Ukraine is just untenable, despite the best efforts of its Foreign Ministry. Consider the audacity of these quotes from Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevicha in a BBC report back at the beginning of U.S. air strikes against ISIS:

“The US president has spoken directly about the possibility of strikes by the US armed forces against Isil (IS) positions in Syria without the consent of the legitimate government.”

Meanwhile the Russian president has lied about verified strikes by Russian armed forces against Ukrainian positions inside Ukraine without the consent of the legitimate government.

Again, Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevicha:

“This step, in the absence of a UN Security Council decision, would be an act of aggression, a gross violation of international law.”

Meanwhile the Russians’ steps, in the absence of a UN Security Council decision, are an act of aggression, a gross violation of international law.

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