One Russian politician has made it very clear what official Moscow thinks of the US in a tweet mocking their president’s masculinity.
“In a strange display of one upmanship, deputy prime minister Dmitry Rogozin posted a picture on his Twitter account of President Vladimir Putin petting a leopard next to one of Mr Obama holding a fluffy poodle, with the caption “we have different values and allies,” reports The Telegraph.
The post, which was meant as a dig at the US President’s unequal manly status, was retweeted more than 600 times in two hours.
The photo of Putin was taken during his visit to the Sochi Winter Olympics last year, when the Russian head of state visited endangered Persian leopards, while the Obama photo was reportedly taken while he was running for the Senate.
In an earlier tweet, Rogozin posted a Youtube video about his country’s military might – a short history of the Russian-made Ural tank.
The photo came a few days after the U.S. and Europe agreed to imply tougher sanctions against Russia.
The Ukraine crisis was discussed in a five-way telephone call between David Cameron, President Barack Obama, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Francois Hollande and Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi.
The downing of MH17, in which 298 people were killed, could be the tipping point for the EU. Its leaders had previously shown reluctance to impose wider sanctions on Russia in light of the extensive economic cooperation between the Europe and Moscow.
“The latest information from the region suggests that even since MH17 was shot down, Russia continues to transfer weapons across the border and to provide practical support to the separatists,” said British Prime Minister David Cameron in a statement.
A spokesperson said: “The leaders agreed the international community should therefore impose further costs on Russia and specifically that ambassadors from across the EU should agree a strong package of sectoral sanctions as swiftly as possible.
“They agreed the EU and United States should continue to work together to exert pressure on Russia to change course and to engage in a political resolution to the crisis before more innocent lives are lost.”
Britain admitted the measures would inflict “pain” on the City of London, but said they should be seen in the context of the deaths of nearly 300 passengers on the MH17 flight.
EU member states were expected to try to reach a final deal on Tuesday on stronger measures that would include closing the bloc’s capital markets to Russian state banks, an embargo on future arms sales and restrictions on energy technology and technology that could be used for defense.
As a response to EU plans to ban the sale of weapons and technology over Ukraine, President of Russia Vladimir Putin urged country’s defense industry decrease the level of imports. Putin said that Russia’s arms industry is “definitely” capable of producing everything the country needs at a meeting on how to combat the sanctions at his residence outside Moscow.
“Our task is to protect ourselves against the risks of contracts being reneged upon by our foreign partners, including risks of a political nature,” the president added.