Senior U.S. senator says Putin acting like ‘schoolyard bully’ | Reuters

NY Sen Schumer lays into Russia and Putin… but Putin probably just loves this.. the attention and domestic popularity.. and nothing will change before 2016… Obama doesn’t like confrontation.. and tries to minimize every incident that comes along…

U.S. Senator Charles Schumer of New York speaks at the Temple Emanu-El during the annual Holocaust Remembrance Day in New York April 7, 2013. REUTERS/Allison Joyce

(Reuters) – A senior Democratic senator said on Sunday that the U.S.-Russia relationship had become "poisonous" and urged President Barack Obama to consider moving next month’s Group of 20 summit away from the Russian city of St. Petersburg.

Charles Schumer, the U.S. Senate’s third ranking Democrat and a close Obama ally, accused Russian President Vladimir Putin of trying to antagonize the United States by granting American fugitive Edward Snowden asylum for one year.

"President Putin is behaving like a schoolyard bully," Schumer said on the CBS television talk show "Face the Nation." "In my experience, I’ve learned unless you stand up to that bully, they ask for more and more and more."


6 thoughts on “Senior U.S. senator says Putin acting like ‘schoolyard bully’ | Reuters

  1. Talk is CHEAP……

    Obama isn’t gonna going for a showdown on this….
    Putin’s right….

    Snowden will NEVER get a sound night’s sleep again…

    • Exactly. “One foot in the Cold War”.. but from a Russian perspective he might play his hand quite well.. with a weak economy and messed up country… still grabbing headlines and poking the big evil enemy in the eye..

      • Oh, I agree and think he’s also doing a good job of giving the Russian people what most of them want–a strong leader who restores some of the self-respect of their country. Too bad this also means ruthlessly going after anyone who disagrees.

        • Maybe a dilemma there.. maybe he’s good for stability within Russia, but not so good for dissenters or other countries. While a Medvedev might be too soft for domestics, but well liked and flexible internationally.

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