We have learned from the Soviet Unionís experience and we will not be drawn into an arms race that anyone imposes on us. We will not respond symmetrically, we will respond with other methods and means that are no less effective. This is called an asymmetrical response. Vladimir Putin, Pre-G8 Meeting Press Conference, Rostock 4 June 2007.

June 8, 2007

Angela's Problem at the G8 Party

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Angela's Dilemma

Vladimir, both of you guys want to take me home.

I know Russian and English, I learned them in school.
But this guy leers like a frat boy and acts like a fool.

I can't make up my mind and it's causing me stress.
I don't get a word he says and his mind is a mess.

He's got credit cards and you've got the gold.
And all I get from him is, "If you're not with me, you're out in the cold!"

You're an ex-Commie and he's a war criminal.
The Commie thing looks bad, even if it's subliminal!

Vladi, what's a girl to do?
Tell me about your car, did you say it was new?

OTTO June 8, 2007