Canada, Russia missions to NATO clash on Twitter

The Russian permanent mission to NATO retaliated with a tweet to Canada's sarcastic map

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The Canadian and Russian delegations to NATO have taken their differences to twitter , as the first tweeted a snarky map on Thursday mocking the latter’s involvement in Ukraine.

“Geography can be tough. Here’s a guide for Russian soldiers who keep getting lost & ‘accidentally’ entering #Ukraine,” the Canadian permanent delegation to NATO tweeted earlier today.

It was re-tweeted more than 22 thousand times and has received wide admiration on Twitter.

“This is probably the most aggressive Canadian act since like 1812…” Kelsey D. Atherton tweeted.

“Wonder if Putin's a follower? Loved this from official @CanadaNATO Twitter account,” Paul Waugh, an editor of a UK news-website also tweeted in admiration of the mission’s map.

A few hours later, the Russian permanent mission to NATO tweeted: Helping our Canadian colleagues to catch up with contemporary geography of #Europe @CanadaNATO,” attaching a map showing Crimea as part of Russia.

The showdown between the permanent missions mirrors recent tension arising out of NATO’s statements on Russian troops fighting in Ukraine.

NATO said on Thursday that well over 1,000 Russian soldiers were operating inside Ukraine, marking a significant escalation of Moscow's military involvement in the country

The United States also accused Russia on Thursday of actively fighting in eastern Ukraine in support of separatist forces and said it was considering a range of possible responses including increased sanctions.

“It is clear that Russia has not only stepped up its presence in eastern Ukraine and intervened directly with combat forces, armored vehicles, artillery, and surface-to-air systems, and is actively fighting Ukrainian forces as well as playing a direct supporting role to the separatists proxies and mercenaries,” U.S. State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki told a media briefing.

(With Reuters)