I've never heard U.S. diplomats talk about another major country in these terms, just flat-out calling Russia's government liars and thugs.
Said Sec. of State John Kerry:
"We know exactly who's giving those orders, we know where they are coming from. Intel is producing taped conversations of intelligence operatives taking their orders from Moscow and everybody can tell the difference in the accents, in the idioms, in the language."It's not an accident that you have some of the same people identified who were in Crimea and in Georgia and who are now in east Ukraine. This is insulting to everybody's intelligence, let alone to our notions about how we ought to be behaving in the 21st century. It's thuggism, it's rogue state-ism. It's the worst order of behavior."
By Aileen Graef
May 1, 2014 | UPI