Face it, Obama has structured key portions of U.S. foreign policy on Vlad Putin playing nice.

Iran nukes? Check.
Syria chemical weapons and civil war? Check.
Egypt shifting allegiances? Check.
Nuclear arms treaty compliance? Check.
Central and Eastern Europe territorial integrity? Check.

On what key issues does Putin need Obama?

Yeah, now Vlad is threatening to leave the relationship and take all the prized possessions with him.

Via AP, Russia warns West it may change its stance on Iran:

Russia may revise its stance in the Iranian nuclear talks amid tensions with the West over Ukraine, a senior diplomat warned Wednesday.

Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said, according to the Interfax news agency, that Russia didn’t want to use the Iranian nuclear talks to “raise the stakes,” but may have to do so in response to the actions by the United States and the European Union.

The statement is the most serious threat of retaliation by Moscow after the U.S. and the EU announced sanctions against Russia over its annexation of Ukraine’s Crimea region.

Ryabkov, who is Russia’s envoy to the Iranian talks, said that Russia considers the “reunification” with Crimea as far more important than the developments surrounding the Iranian nuclear program.

The featured image, a Branco Cartoon from September 2013, still rings true.

So does this photoshop that made the rounds:

Putin Obama Horse