Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova is one of the most-quoted Russian officials. She is known for using colorful language when describing Russian foreign policy in her weekly press briefings.
The following are Zakharova’s quotes of the week:
Zakharova accused former U.S. President Barack Obama of hypocrisy, after Obama’s tweeted response to the far-right rally in Charlottesville, where a woman was killed, cited Nelson Mandela (see Obama tweet) …
Zakharova reminded Obama in her Facebook page that he had chosen to intervene against a man who had enjoyed Mandela’s esteem:
« Hypocrisy as it is:
After riots in Charlottesville, which arose on the basis of race, Obama wrote several tweets quoting Nelson Mandela on racism. The tweets became the most popular in this social network’s history.
« That’s a good start, though a belated one. Here is a list of Nelson Mandela’s quotes about Muammar Qaddafi, which should definitely be published in Obama’s twitter account– better late than never:
« 1. 1997 – No country can claim to be the policeman of the world and no state can dictate to another what it should do. Those that yesterday were friends of our enemies have the gall today to tell me not to visit my brother Gaddafi. They are advising us to be ungrateful and forget our friends of the past.
« 2. 1997 – It is our duty to give support to the brother leader…especially in regards to the sanctions which are not hitting just him, they are hitting the ordinary masses of the people … our African brothers and sisters.
« 3. 1999 – It was pure expediency to call on democratic South Africa to turn its back on Libya and Gaddafi, who had assisted us in obtaining democracy.
« 4. 1997 – Those who say I should not be here (Tripoli) are without morals. I am not going to join them in their lack of morality.
« 5. 1997 – This man helped us at a time when we were all alone.
« 6. 1990 – Your readiness to provide us with the facilities of forming an army of liberation indicated your commitment to the fight for peace and human rights in the world.
« Mr. Obama, you directly participated in killing a man, whom Nelson Mandela called a brother and thanked for a help in obtaining democracy. A real democracy as opposed to the one invented in the Oval Office. »
Facebook.com/maria.zakharova.167, August 16, 2017.
Twitter.com/BarackObama, August 12, 2017.
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