Russia has fired back at Canada's NATO delegation in response to a snarky Ukraine tweet that went viral earlier this week.
Canada's Joint Delegation to NATO fired the first shot by sending this message to Moscow on Wednesday.
— Canada at NATO (@CanadaNATO) August 27, 2014
The tweet was in response to a video which appeared to show Russian soldiers inside Ukraine's eastern border. Russia has denied any wrong-doing, claiming that the soldiers simply got lost — a claim that Canada and many other countries find difficult to believe.
The post quickly went viral, accumulating over 34,000 retweets. Even Canada's Foreign Affairs Minister, John Baird, offered his support.
— John Baird (@HonJohnBaird) August 28, 2014
In response, Russia's delegation sent back its own, albeit more ominous, geography lesson — one showing the recently annexed Crimea within its borders.
— Russians at NATO (@natomission_ru) August 28, 2014
In addition, and as reported by Matthew Coutts of Yahoo! News:
The Moscow Times also reported that Canada's map was wrong, in an article titled "Canadian attempt to teach Russia geography botched by map fail." It's drenched in as much derision and one-upmanship as the original tweet.
"Ironically, the Canadian mission's lesson went askew as the exclave Kaliningrad —West of Lithuania — is also painted in white, despite belonging to Russia since 1945," it reads.
"Crimea and the town of Sevastopol are also colourless, though it is unclear whether the mission did so to make a political statement on the legitimacy of Russia's annexation of the Black Sea peninsula in March."
We can't say for sure what the message is in regards to Kaliningrad (though the newspaper itself recent shed doubt on Moscow's claim to the region).
Canada is clearly making a statement about Russia's annexation of Crimea, along with its recent incursions into eastern Ukraine. What's more, the country appears ready to back its stance with action; starting next week, Canadian fighter jets will start patrolling the edge of Russian airspace as part of a NATO mission.