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Great Moments in Hashtag Diplomacy

#Diplomacy
• April 25, 2014 3:04 pm

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In case you hadn't noticed, the Obama administration has aggressively countered Vladimir Putin's actions in Ukraine by creating a new Twitter hashtag:

Naturally, the Russian government decided to annex the hashtag and use it to troll the Obama administration:

The U.S. State Department responded by "welcoming" Russia to the hashtag game, and even produced a VOX DOT COM-style video explaining the crisis in Ukraine:

The U.S. ambassador to the United Kingdom showed his media savvy by creating this Vine clip:

State Department spokesperson Jennifer Psaki issued a forceful statement urging Russia to "live by the promise of [the] hashtag."

You might think it's silly, but the Obama administration is actually following in the footsteps of some of history's greatest leaders, such as:

@WinstonChurchill

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@RonaldReagan

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@GeorgeHWBush

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@GreatestLivingPrez

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