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Russian minister says US should relax, get some fresh air, do some yoga

The trash talking continues between Russia and the US.

Oh no he did not. 

Russia's deputy foreign minister has added his own snide contribution to the growing pile of insults levied back and forth between Russian and US officials.

Sergei Ryabkov accused the US of throwing "childish tantrums" and advised them to instead "do yoga, eat healthily, maybe watch some sitcoms."


Left: Bald Eagle (William Warby via Flickr Commons). Right: Brown Bear (Wikimedia Commons)

From his interview with Interfax as quoted in The Guardian

"Clearly, the US leadership is really annoyed, and cannot come to terms with the new situation," he said, referring to the annexation of Crimea.

"The situation is turning into a joke when, for example, meetings between meteorologists are cancelled."

Here's the good part:

"What can we advise our American colleagues? They should get more fresh air, do yoga, eat healthily, maybe watch some sitcoms on television. This is better than getting themselves and others all worked up when they know very well that the train has already departed and that childish tantrums, tears and hysterics will not help things."

Western governments have repeatedly denounced Russia's actions in Crimea as a breach of international law. Meanwhile, Russia characterizes the annexation as a lawful “reunification.”

Semantics? Both sides of the conflict are having their way with words, President Barack Obama no exception.

He joined the verbal fray on March 25, when he downplayed Russia’s global influence during a news conference:

"Russia is a regional power that is threatening some of its immediate neighbors, not out of strength but out of weakness.... We [the United States] have considerable influence on our neighbors. We generally don't need to invade them in order to have a strong cooperative relationship with them.”

Sen. John McCain threw a good prose punch on March 20. His response to being banned from Russia:

“I guess this means my spring break in Siberia is off, my Gazprom stock is lost, and my secret bank account in Moscow is frozen.”

Oh but he did.

More from GlobalPost: US officials (and allies) are talking plenty of trash about Russia these days

http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/europe/russia/140403/russian-minister-trash-talks-US-yoga-sitcoms