Rodrigo Duterte, the incendiary President of Philippines —the one who called Barack Obama “a son of a whore” and promised to swear at him at a proper moment—found some support for his anti-Americanism in the corridors of the Kremlin, Reuters reported.
“I met with [Russian Prime-Minister Dmitry] Medvedev,” Mr. Duterte said, “I told him this is the situation. They [Americans] are giving me a hard time, they are disrespecting me, they are shameless. He [Medvedev] said, ‘That is really how the Americans are. He said, ‘We will help you.’”
And they will, at least as far as swearing at Barack Obama is concerned.
Russian President Putin is not Mr. Duterte and nobody ever heard him curse Mr. Obama personally.
He allows other people to let Russians and the world know how he really feels about Mr. Obama and his achievements as American President.
The official representative of the Russian Ministry for Foreign Affairs Maria Zakharova, for example, never misses an opportunity to remind her audience about the Nobel Peace Prize Mr. Obama was awarded in the beginning of his presidency – “a credit to him to do certain work as a head of the state which calls itself the leader of the free world”. In her latest interview with Komsomolskaya Pravda tabloid she states that “now it’s time [for US President] to report on the results, but there are no achievements. Almost everything which was stated as a goal on international arena [by Mr. Obama] turned out to be a zilch.”
Her boss, Sergei Lavrov, faults Obama for being a weak leader. Last week RIA Novostireported, when a strike by the US Air Force killed 62 Syrian troops after a ceasefire was announced, Mr. Lavrov said, “It looks like the [US] military not really follow the orders of their Commander-in-Chief.”
“US President Obama has no guts to be left alone at the presence of the Russian President Putin, he always