Tuesday, May 30, 2017

The Great Tweet War

Finally-a literal Twitter war between two countries:
The bizarre back and forth came after Russian President Vladimir Putin referred to Queen Anne, the queen consort of France during part of the 11th century, as “Anne of Russia.” Queen Anne was born in Kievan Rus, a medieval European territory near modern day Kiev, the capital of Ukraine. Both modern day Ukraine and modern day Russia claim Kievan Rus as their respective ancestry homelands, according to the Encyclopedia Brittanica.

Putin made the comment about Queen Anne while meeting last week with newly elected French President Emmanuel Macron, CNN reported.

On Tuesday, however, the official Twitter account for the country of Ukraine rebutted Putin’s claim.

“When @Russia says Anne de Kiev established Russia-France relations, let us remind the sequence of events,” Ukraine tweeted, along with a photo of Anne de Kiev, some brief historical context, and an image below it showing a desolate forest with the words, “Meanwhile in Moscow…”

Russia replied by pointing out the two countries’ “common history,” together with the country of Belarus, and their “same historical heritage.”
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