Russia Says Obama’s Sanctions Make Him a Big Bully

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Russias President Vladimir Putin (L) welcomes US President Barack Obama at the start of the G20 summit on September 5, 2013 in Saint Petersburg. Russia hosts the G20 summit hoping to push forward an agenda to stimulate growth but with world leaders distracted by divisions on the prospect of US-led military action in Syria. AFP PHOTO/POOL/Pablo Martinez Monsivais        (Photo credit should read PABLO MARTINEZ MONSIVAIS/AFP/Getty Images)
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Remember that limited skirmish in Eastern Europe? The one in Ukraine that was all the rage on international news pages a few months ago? It's still going on and yesterday the United States made its most serious attempt yet to get Russia to stop supporting separatists fighting in the country.

President Obama announced a series of sanctions targeting major energy, financial, and defense companies, including Rosneft, Russia's largest oil producer, and the company that makes Kalashnikovs. Obama said the sanctions should hit Russia where it hurts, and based on the reaction from the Russian foreign ministry and Vladimir Putin, he's right. In a statement, the foreign ministry accused Obama of "bullying" while the Russian president said the sanctions would drive the relationship between the U.S and Russia "into a corner" — and not the kind of corner where you make out.