Russian diplomats have begun a new series of Twitter war, after making a joke of NATO with a photo showing toy tanks and saying it was "evidence" that Russian troops were operating inside Ukrainian border.
The Twitter post made by the account of Russian Embassy in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) further joked that the evidence was "most convincing" of the fact that Russian armour were invading Ukraine.
— Russian Embassy, UAE (@RusEmbassyUAE) September 3, 2014
This follows a spat of Twitter war between Russian officials and Canadian delegates that took place last month after Canadian officials posted a map saying they were trying to help Russian soldiers who keep "getting lost in Ukraine." Officials from Moscow hit back at the Canadian delegates with a map of their own clearly making Crimea as a Russian territory.
The latest message, which was later retweeted by Russia's foreign ministry in what seems to be a campaign to prove the NATO and the West wrong, was posted by @RussEmbassyUAE, which appears to be the official account of the Russian Embassy in the UAE.
The Twitter warfare comes as Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko has raised hopes that a permanent truce would be stuck with the rebels to end fighting in the east of the country. Ukraine, Russia and pro-Moscow rebels are holding talks in Belarus on Friday for a solution to the ongoing crisis that has claimed over 2,600 lives since it started five months ago.
Meanwhile, Western countries are planning to tighten sanctions on Russia in case the talks fall apart. Moscow has repeatedly denied the allegation made by the Western allies and the NATO that Moscow was sending arms and troops to back the rebels in eastern Ukraine who have declared independence from Ukraine.
After more than a decade of their concentration on a distant war, the most powerful military alliance has found itself grappling with a series of threats that emanates from Russia.
The NATO leaders have offered no definitive answers for how they would resolve the growing instability in the region, but within the first few hours of the two-day summit that brought together 60 world leaders, the most influential ones such as President Obama and British PM David Cameron indicated that there will be more roles played by the Western world.
It is the first time in years that Moscow's chair in the summit remains empty, a sign of the deepening rift between Kremlin and its former Cold War enemies, according to The Washington Post.