A Russian official gave some advice to Americans on how to move forward from the fact that Crimea is now part of Russia: he told us to watch more sitcoms, do yoga, and have a more balanced diet. The Russian official said that Americans are acting “childish” over the whole Ukrainian situation and that it is time for them to just move on.
America’s leaders should stop throwing “childish tantrums” over the annexation of Crimea and instead “do yoga”, a Russian official said on Thursday, in a caustic intervention in the confrontation between Moscow and Washington.
Sergei Rybakov, Russia’s deputy foreign minister, said decisions by the US to end military and civilian cooperation, including that between Nasa and the Russian space agency, ran against “the free will of the people of Crimea”.
He added that the Americans were being “childish” if they thought that such actions could change the situation.
“What advice can we give our American colleagues? Spend more time in the fresh air, practise yoga, a balanced diet, maybe watch some sitcoms on TV,” he said. “Its better than ‘cheating’ yourself and others, knowing that the train has left and childish tantrums and tears are not going to help,” he said.
The comments came after a government inquiry in Kiev reported that Ukraine’s special riot police and special forces units had worked with Russian FSB officers during the operation that led to the massacre of dozens of people in February.
Ukraine’s acting prime minister insisted that Viktor Yanukovych, the former president, must be tried for the deaths of 76 people in three days.
Twelve suspects, all members of the since-disbanded Berkut riot police, have been arrested in connection with the killings.