- The Washington Times - Sunday, August 3, 2014

Russia’s deputy prime minister took a swipe at President Obama’s masculinity on Thursday after the U.S. leader announced long-threatened sanctions meant to cripple the Russian economy.

Russia’s Dmitry Rogozin tweeted side-by-side images of Mr. Obama and President Vladimir Putin — the U.S. president holding a tiny, white, fluffy dog, and Mr. Putin posing with a Persian leopard.

“We have different values and allies,” read Mr. Rogozin’s caption, which was retweeted more than 3,000 times.

Not everyone bought the comparison, however.

“Yes, that dog didn’t have to be tranquilized for a posed shot. Our values are different, indeed,” tweeted Julia Davis.

“‘Ouch. You got us good,’ thought tens of millions of Americans sitting in their large, single-family homes with swimming pools,” wrote Jaime Harrison.

Mr. Rogozin‘s tweet follows a long-running Kremlin tactic of playing up Mr. Putin’s macho image, Fox News reported.

Earlier last week, the United States and Europe put new sanctions on Russia — aimed at banks, weapons manufacturers and oil companies — over its aggressive activities in Ukraine.

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