Russia: 'Texas Bar Talk' Irks Foreign Ministry

Francis Hult francis.hult at
Wed Sep 17 22:14:03 UTC 2008

The Moscow Times


'Texas Bar Talk' Irks Foreign Ministry


Texas bar talk just ain't right for international diplomacy.

That's the general opinion of the Foreign Ministry, which is none-too-happy about some of the language being used by its counterparts in Washington.

The verbal sparring comes as relations between Moscow and Washington have sunk in the wake of Russia's war with Georgia, a U.S. ally.

U.S. State Department spokesman Sean McCormack suggested at a briefing last week that Russia was violating the essence of an updated EU-brokered cease-fire deal designed to end its conflict with Georgia. 

"Look, these guys are trying to - at every turn, trying to wiggle out of a commitment they made and that their president put his name to," McCormack said Wednesday.

That kind of talk didn't sit well in Moscow.


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