- The Washington Times - Thursday, April 3, 2014

A senior Russian diplomat mocked the United States on Thursday, urging Americans to do yoga or watch a comedy series and butt out of the situation in Ukraine.

Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said the U.S. got “fixated” on halting cooperation with Russia.

“What can we advise our American colleagues?” he asked, the Guardian reported. “They should get more fresh air, do yoga, eat healthily, maybe watch some sitcoms on television.

“This is better than getting themselves and others all worked up when they know very well that the train has already departed and that childish tantrums, tears and hysterics will not help things,” he said.

Mr. Ryabkov’s comments come after the U.S. and the EU slapped members of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s entourage with a number of sanctions.

“Trying to demonstrate how unhappy it is with the exercise of free will by the population of Crimea and the decisions we took related to it, Washington is ruining contacts even in places where continuing dialogue is in their own interests,” he said.