We will bury you, all in due time

Russia’s Ambassador to NATO isn’t looking to make friends.

The impolitic John Bolton was widely regarded as a counterproductive, needlessly provocative appointment to the UN. Dmitry Rogozin, Russia’s Ambassador to NATO makes Bolton look like Adlai Stevenson.

Illegal immigration from the Caucasus and Central Asia was one of Rogozin’s signature issues during his decade-long career in the State Duma. In 2005, he was accused of racism after appearing in a Rodina campaign ad that showed dark-skinned immigrants tossing watermelon rinds on the ground. The television commercial showed Rogozin chastising them and ended with words “Let’s clear the city of garbage.”

In 1996, before he was first elected to the State Duma, Rogozin met with Bosnian Serb Army leader Ratko Mladic, who had been indicted in The Hague on charges of genocide and crimes against humanity. Rogozin has also spoken at ultranationalist rallies in Moscow where demonstrators displayed Nazi and anti-Semitic signs, although he has denied holding racist beliefs himself.

Maybe we should send David Duke to the CSTO.