BELLWETHER: Mr. Trump, Mr. Putin Is Sending You a Message. You Might Want to Listen
By John Moody, Fox News
Unlike some world leaders, Russia’s Vladimir Putin is a man of relatively few words. Lately, however, he has aimed some explicit warnings at the United States. President Trump, when he has a tweet-free minute, might want to take heed.
While attending an economic summit this week, Putin growled that imposing more sanctions on North Korea, such as the U.S. announced, would not tame that country’s maniacal leader, Kim Jong Un. “Do not succumb to emotions and drive North Korea into a corner,” Putin said, in stark language certainly directed at the unpredictable Trump. “Now, more than ever, everyone needs to be calm and avoid steps that lead to an escalation of tension.”
A day earlier, Putin issued another near-ultimatum to the U.S. against providing defensive weapons to Ukraine. Of course, Putin is responsible for the 2014 seizure and annexation of the Crimea, in eastern Ukraine.
While claiming that no regular Russian troops crossed the border, Putin certainly authorized the use of irregular, pro-Moscow forces to seize the territory. Since then, much of eastern Ukraine has been under Russian control, while diplomats try to unravel the impasse.