WASHINGTON, D.C. (The Adobo Chronicles) – Tensions between Russia and the United States escalated today as Moscow received word that President Barack Obama has pardoned Turkey.
Turkey, a member of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) was recently accused of shooting down a Russian military plane for allegedly crossing Turkish airspace.
Russian President Vladimir Putin told reporters in Moscow that “Obama didn’t have the right to issue the pardon since it was not the United States that was the aggrieved party in this international incident.”
The U.S. State Department however said that it was a case of “lost in translation.” Putin was misinformed and wasn’t made aware that the turkey Obama pardoned was a bird, not the country.
It is an annual White House tradition to pardon a turkey to save it from being served for dinner at Thanksgiving.
MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles) – It’s called the Putin Lane, an exclusive and dedicated stretch of Metro Manila’s main thoroughfare called EDSA.
When world leaders converge in Manila next week for the Asia Pacific Cooperation Agreement (APEC) Summit, this lane from EDSA in Mandaluyong City to Roxas Boulevard in Manila will be off limits to all motorists except, of course, Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Putin will be staying at the Shangrila Hotel along EDSA and will be commuting by limousine to the meeting site at the Philippine International Convention Center in Manila.
Upon learning of the lane naming, other world leaders including Chinese President Xi Jinping and Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto lodged a diplomatic protest with the Philippine government, accusing the Aquino administration of favoring the Russian leader. “We also want our own lanes,” they said.
Meanwhile, the Metro Manila Development Authority and Philippine National Police conducted a ‘dry run’ of the Putin Lane yesterday and, as expected, it created a monstrous traffic jam along EDSA and other streets.
Moscow, Russia – Though General Motors will soon make Chevy cars a thing of the past in Europe, the American automaker is committed to advancing the Chevy brand in Russia and other former Soviet countries. Or, maybe not. At least not in Russia.
The government of President Valdimir Putin has decreed to permanently ban the sale of Chevy cars in Russia following the airing of a Chevy television commercial during the Sochi Winter Olympics telecast. The Chevy ad features a segment showing a marriage ceremony between two gay men. Russia has existing laws prohibiting the public display of homosexuality, but General Motors sneaked in the gay segment in its car commercial. It may have well been a marketing strategy gone awry.
Now GM will have to find a new market for its Chevy cars elsewhere outside of Russia. Informed sources have secretly indicated to The Adobo Chronicles that GM may auction off its fleet of Chevy cars now parked at Russian dealerships for half price in Central and Southeast Asia.