MOSCOW -- Russia’s deputy foreign minister accused the U.S. of having "childish tantrums” in response to the annexation of Crimea and joked Thursday that Americans should “practice yoga” and watch sitcoms in order to help them chill out.
Sergey Ryabkov said the decision to end all military cooperation with Russia and remove it from the G-8 group of nations showed that Washington was opposed “to the free will of the population of Crimea.”
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Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov looks on at the start of the two days of closed-door nuclear talks on Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2013 at the United Nations offices in Geneva, Switzerland.
In an interview with state news agency Interfax, Ryabkov said the U.S. was struggling to “come to terms” with Russia’s move to bring Ukraine’s Black Sea peninsula under its control.
In the latest break in relations, NASA on Wednesday said it was severing ties with Russia except for the International Space Station.
Ryabkov said: “What can we suggest to our American colleagues? To spend more time outdoors, practice yoga, separate their food groups and perhaps watch comedies on television.”
That would be better than getting worked up, he said, because the situation will not change and "childish tantrums, tears and hysterics will not help matters."
First published April 3 2014, 6:54 AM
Albina Kovalyova is a Moscow producer and reporter for NBC News. She started this role in June 2013. Kovalyova is responsible for covering Russia and the former Soviet Bloc. She reports to Chris Hampson, international news director.
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Kovalyova joined NBC News after working as a freelance television documentary producer/director for BBC World News where she made films about Russia and the former Soviet Bloc -- including Ukraine and Belarus. Her documentary about the Belarus Free Theatre was showcased at the One World Documentary Film Festival in Prague and was screened in various venues around the world, including the Russian division of the prestigious Frontline Club. Her documentary about Russia's gas heartland, Yamal, took part in an Arctic Documentary Film Festival in St. Petersburg in 2012.
Kovalyova also worked as a television producer for Reuters Television in Moscow where she covered the latest parliamentary and presidential elections, and opposition demonstrations during this time. She has interviewed Alexei Navalny and various other opposition figures. She also worked together with photographer Denis Sinyakov to produce a three-part television series looking at the lives of migrant workers from Central Asia in Russia. In 2012, she received exclusive access to Russia's submarine shipyard in Severodvinsk and co-wrote a feature on Russia's Arctic ambitions with Alissa De Carbonnel.
Kovalyova has also worked at on various BBC television and radio projects, at the Voice of America Moscow Bureau where she reported on the rise of Russian nationalism, and from the Moscow court during the second trial of Mikhail Khodorkovsky. She has also worked at Sky News as a deputy news editor and as a radio presenter at the Voice of Russia. Prior to that Albina was a writer for the analytical journal Russia Profile.