Two remarks I read today. First:
Sir Peter Westmacott, the British Ambassador to Washington, broke new diplomatic ground in his interview with MSNBC TV on 28 July. Asked directly to eschew diplomatic language and give three words describing Russia’s President Vladimir Putin he opted for boldness: “Thuggish, dishonest and reckless”.
This is the guy who’s supposed to be Britain’s top ‘diplomat’ in Washington. And he’s just dispensed with diplomacy. Which probably means that it’s no longer really needed.
One person close to Mr Putin said the Yukos ruling was insignificant in light of the bigger geopolitical stand-off over Ukraine.
“There is a war coming in Europe,” he said. “Do you really think this matters?”