The English-language press claims that the US president and the prime minister of Britain quarreled as they did not quarrel since the time of the world war. The reason is the repost of an anti-Islamic video that was made by Donald Trump. After this, London and Washington exchanged statements, the tone of which amazed everyone. What does this mean for world politics?
In Russia there was not too serious attitude to the records in social networks. Especially - to repost, when a user publishes on his page someone else's record.
When reports of the next criminal case for repost come from the regions, it causes a virtually unanimous reaction: "This is just a repost, what is there to talk about? On the fence, too, is written. "
As it turned out, the rep can quite become an occasion not only for the criminal case, but also for a serious interstate scandal. Now the leaders of the United Kingdom and the United States are exchanging the most unflattering statements about each other, counting from the beginning of the Second World War.
It all began with the fact that the representative of the ultra-right group "Britain first of all" Jade Fransen posted a few anti-Muslim videos in Twitter (formerly this group was called the party, but the Justice Department of the United Kingdom abolished its registration).
These videotapes were repaid by US President Donald Trump, known for his love for Twitter and his tough attitude toward migrants in general and Muslims in particular.
In response, British Prime Minister Teresa May called the actions of the US president "an extraordinary diplomatic spurt between the transatlantic allies". Her spokeswoman stressed that "this is a wrong act for the president."
Trump did not remain in debt: "Theresa @theresamay should focus not on me, but on the devastating radical Islamic terrorism that takes place in the United Kingdom."
After such an "exchange of courtesies," the British Guardian and the American New York Times came out with extensive articles on the scandal.
As the journalists note, the enmity between the two politicians marks a new and unexpected turn in the "special relations" between Washington and London. Before, many countries benefited from friendship between politicians like Winston Churchill and Franklin Roosevelt, Margaret Thatcher and Ronald Reagan, Tony Blair and Bill Clinton. Blair was generally called the "British pundle of Clinton" - so clearly London served the interests of Washington.
There is a suspicion that the anger of Teresa May and her cabinet is caused not so much by the fact of the publication of anti-Muslim videos by the US president as by his attention to the British ultra-right.
As a result of early parliamentary elections this year, the United Kingdom Independence Party failed to repeat the success of 2015, when it gained more than 12% of the vote. But conservatives still refer to the "threat to the right" with great apprehension. Therefore, the attention of the American president to his political rivals Tories perceived as a real betrayal.
In any case, no "special relations" between Washington and London can now be said. It was obvious earlier - the election of Trump was for London the same cold shower as for the entire EU leadership. Just a public squabble in social networks is finally fixed, not to say - institutionalized.
It is unlikely that this cold snap between the president and the prime minister will affect the economic and military ties between Britain and the US - too much links the metropolis with its former colony. But to negotiate new projects or a single policy in relation to any international issues to the two Anglo-Saxon countries will now be a bit more complicated.
However, it is quite possible that this scandal will be another reason for the US Congress to pull over the blanket of international politics and help strengthen inter-parliamentary ties between states. But this, of course, can not replace the friendly relations between the immediate leaders of these states.
It seems that the indulgence of social networks and reposts in them is time to leave in the past. One repost can spoil the interstate relations that have developed over the decades. And it is not known how long this cooling will last and what results will result.
Note that the Russian government is still trying to distance itself from the blending of official activities with posts in social networks. So, the press secretary of the Russian president Dmitry Peskov, in response to a request to comment on the appeal of Russian athletes to Vladimir Putin, stated the following:
"They told me that the message was sent to some electronic reception room, through Instagram and so on. But, you see, Instagram has never been and I hope will not be a channel of communication with the Russian president, I have not seen any other appeals for example, so I can not say anything yet. Still, you do not need to communicate with the president through Instagram. "
If you look at clarifying the relationship between the leaders of the Anglo-Saxon world, this position seems reasonable and reasonable.