The US government describing the pro-Alexey Navalny protestors in Russia on Saturday as its “allies,” displayed questionable judgment.
The new State Department released a statement concernition unauthorized protests in Russia, which says:
“US will stand shoulder-to-shoulder with our allies and partners in defense of human rights – whether in Russia or wherever they come under threat.”
The situation was tense during the Navalny protests in Russia’s larger cities on Saturday. Previously, Russia condermned US embassy for interfering in its internal affairs and inciting instability against the Russian government.
Meanwhile, journalist Bryan MacDonald points out: “Imagine the US media reaction if Putin had said the Washington ‘Capitol’ rioters were Russia’s allies, to get some idea of why.”