Let me repeat that. Russia is not our friend:
The conference hosted separatists from multiple Western nations—Ireland, Italy, Spain—in addition to a Western Sahara contingent. The greatest plurality of representatives, however, came from the United States. Russia has prior cultivated relations with separatists in Texas—who are attempting to land the question of secession on Texas’s GOP ballot—but [Alexander] Ionov and his organization have since expanded their reach among American separatists.
Via Hot Air. The Russians, of course, don’t really understand our country and our culture – specifically, Texas, which must be like an alien civilization to them – but that’s not really the point, of course. The point is that Russia used to have an Empire, and then Ronald Reagan shoved a stake through its black, rotten heart. They’re never, ever going to forgive us for taking away their Ukrainian and Central Asian and Baltic subject nations from them, to say nothing of all those Slavic client states that that escaped Russian control*. They’d love to return the favor.
Remember this. Vladimir Putin probably doesn’t believe in this nonsense any more than I do, but he’s happy to encourage the lunatics. They are… useful idiots. Which is a quintessentially Russian phrase, come to think of it…
*The Russians were probably happy enough to stop ruling over the East Germans. After all, it’s not like Germany’s going to be invading Russia again any time soon.