On Wednesday, President Trump signed into law new sanctions against Russia in a bill he called “significantly flawed.”
— POLITICO (@politico) August 2, 2017
Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev responded by saying the sanctions marked “the beginning of full-fledged trade war” and “the end of our hopes of improving relations with the new administration.” Medvedev also took on Trump personally, accusing him of “complete impotence” for relinquishing his power to Congress.
JUST IN: Russian PM Medvedev: Pres. Trump's admin. "has demonstrated full impotence" in signing new Russia sanctions.
— NBC Nightly News (@NBCNightlyNews) August 2, 2017
— Reuters Top News (@Reuters) August 2, 2017
The Trump administration has shown its total weakness by handing over executive power to Congress in the most humiliating way
— Dmitry Medvedev (@MedvedevRussiaE) August 2, 2017
Medvedev didn’t mince words, but it was a tweet from Russia’s official Twitter account, run by the Russian Foreign Ministry, that caught a lot of people’s attention. The text sounds mildly threatening, and it seems to be accompanied by a picture of some sort of battle or siege.
Actually, it’s video from a folk festival in the town of Zaraysk, so now it looks like the full-scale trade war will deprive the U.S. of medieval jousting reenactments.
— РоссиЯ 🇷🇺 (@Russia) August 2, 2017
Oh my god https://t.co/2IAPVOpaCR
— Eric Geller (@ericgeller) August 2, 2017
This is a tweet from a verified feed of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs https://t.co/VhwuBgAJ0B
— Jennifer Epstein (@jeneps) August 2, 2017
Did we sanction renaissance fairs? https://t.co/gOUwYhh4ZW
— Rebecca Berg (@rebeccagberg) August 2, 2017
"If you sanction us you can no longer larp with us!" is some kind of threat. https://t.co/aS0FUaxvi6
— Max Steele (@maxasteele) August 2, 2017
If you come at Russia with "#sanctions" they will put on a renaissance fair with heavy metal music.
That's just how Russia rolls, I guess. https://t.co/VY89eBib47
— Eli Clifton (@EliClifton) August 2, 2017
Wow, this video has everything: hardcore Russian crap rock *and* some kind of renaissance faire.
I feel genuinely threatened. https://t.co/f8cqES8dH9
— Joshua Holland (@JoshuaHol) August 2, 2017
If Monty Python did geopolitics between nuclear-armed foes https://t.co/Vo0zKLZnQJ
— Henry Foy (@HenryJFoy) August 2, 2017
This is just sad https://t.co/WalNxuAHeV
— Ben K(enobi)🌎 (@BenjaminoKinsey) August 2, 2017
Russia is a strange place. https://t.co/yksmDIpInf
— Noah Rothman (@NoahCRothman) August 2, 2017