NEW YORK -- Russia’s ambassador to Britain posted a tweet criticising US foreign policy on Thursday, confusing an ISIS terrorist with a character from the film 'Harold and Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay.'
The post from Alexander Yakovenko included an image of actor Kal Penn wearing a beard and turban. The tweet read: “U.S. threatens to stop helping Iraq against ISIL [ISIS] if Baghdad asks Russia for help. The terrorists must be rejoicing.”
US threatens to stop helping Iraq against ISIL if Baghdad asks Russia for help. The terrorists must be rejoicing pic.twitter.com/aKDaf1ae7q— Alexander Yakovenko (@Amb_Yakovenko) October 21, 2015
The missive was a reaction to Washington’s efforts to contain Russia’s footprint in the region, with Moscow recently launching air strikes against the enemies of President Bashar al-Assad in Syria.
Penn responded to the ambassador, posting: “The Russian Federation ambassador to the UK tweeted this Harold & Kumar pic with seriousness. I can't stop laughing.”
The Russian Federation ambassador to the UK tweeted this Harold & Kumar pic with seriousness. I can't stop laughing. https://t.co/ZsR041AAVJ— Kal Penn (@kalpenn) October 21, 2015
Yakovenko defended his illustration, claiming: “It is rather hard to spot an actual terrorist laughing. Your performance is convincing and therefore fit to illustrate the idea.”
But it was Penn that landed the knockout blow, posting a picture of Ivan Drago from Sylvester Stallone's introspective Cold War drama 'Rocky IV.'
Here are three more of the ambassador's recent tweets to which we've attached suitable imagery:
Russia and US militaries signed memorandum to avoid air incidents over Syria. Limited, but significant cooperation. pic.twitter.com/7626hjTaBx— Alexander Yakovenko (@Amb_Yakovenko) October 21, 2015
Welcome an Agreement between Roscosmos and ESA on joint Moon exploration pic.twitter.com/9AbocvvKgR— Alexander Yakovenko (@Amb_Yakovenko) October 19, 2015
Putin: traditional Islam is an inalienable part of Russia’s spiritual life. pic.twitter.com/crVvmyMtNP— Alexander Yakovenko (@Amb_Yakovenko) September 24, 2015