Canada Trolls Russian Geography on Twitter, Russia Snarks Back

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Aug. 28 2014 7:36 PM

Canada Trolls Russian Geography on Twitter, Russia Snarks Back

Amidst a serious potential escalation of the conflict in eastern Ukraine, with evidence emerging that Russian troops are engaged in combat in the country, the good folks at the Canadian NATO delegation decided to go on the snark offensive, firing off the above tweet. While amusing, one might reasonably wonder if there are not better ways to spend a country’s strategic resources than photoshopping a map to tweak an adversary. One might also have thought that Russia, involved in a pretty serious conflict on its border, might have either: a) been too busy to notice, or b) taken the high road. But, alas, even the high road has Wi-Fi these days.

The Russian NATO delegation, while not disputing Canada’s founding of the state of “Not Russia,” did take issue with its depiction of Crimea as still a part of “Not Russia.” In response, apparently relying on the international norm of “annexers keepers,” the Russians fired back.

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There were zero reports of the two delegations resorting to wedgies to settle the dispute.

Elliot Hannon is a writer in Washington, D.C. Follow him on Twitter.

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