Apr 30, 2009

Regulate This

While today's headline is clearly the Bulgaria - Russia South Stream deal, we have to give credit to our very own V. V. Putin for this month's "New Achievment in Logic" award.

After announcing the South Stream deal, Putin added that he "saw no point in continuing to be a signatory to the European Energy Charter after it failed to regulate Moscow's dispute with Ukraine over transit to Europe in January.”

Uh, failed to regulate?

1) Russia hasn't even ratified the charter; 2) Putin doesn't care what it says anyway; But 3) Russia cannot continue as a signatory because it didn't 'keep the Ukrainians in line' (read: we shut off the gas in the first place)?

As each day passes, it is becoming harder to tell if Putin is one of the most amazing sophists to ever live, or he just lives in a happy Putin place where all of this makes sense.


Ern said...

Is it wrong that I'm a little turned on by that picture?

Pirates(and)Diplomats said...

Yes, very. =)

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