The countries of Ukraine and Russia got into an epic exchange on Twitter Tuesday — and it concluded with Ukraine tweeting a GIF of a popular American cartoon.
The bizarre back and forth came after Russian President Vladimir Putin referred to Queen Anne, the queen consort of France during part of the 11th century, as "Anne of Russia." Queen Anne was born in Kievan Rus, a medieval European territory near modern day Kiev, the capital of Ukraine. Both modern day Ukraine and modern day Russia claim Kievan Rus as their respective ancestry homelands, according to the Encyclopedia Brittanica.
Putin made the comment about Queen Anne while meeting last week with newly elected French President Emmanuel Macron, CNN reported.
On Tuesday, however, the official Twitter account for the country of Ukraine rebutted Putin's claim.
"When @Russia says Anne de Kiev established Russia-France relations, let us remind the sequence of events," Ukraine tweeted, along with a photo of Anne de Kiev, some brief historical context, and an image below it showing a desolate forest with the words, "Meanwhile in Moscow..."
— Ukraine / Україна (@Ukraine) May 30, 2017
Russia replied by pointing out the two countries' "common history," together with the country of Belarus, and their "same historical heritage."
Russia said that heritage "should unite our nations, not divide us." Russia's tweet also included an image of the Cathedral of St. Sophia in Veliky Novogrod, Russia, which is one of the country's oldest cities.
In March 2014, Russia illegally annexed the Ukrainian territory of Crimea in an international show of force that went largely unchecked, with the exception of some sanctions. Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko, as recently as last month, called on European countries such as the United Kingdom to keep up their sanctions against Russia for annexing Crimea, the Telegraph reported.
@Ukraine We are proud of our common history. 🇷🇺, 🇺🇦 & 🇧🇾 share the same historical heritage which should unite our… https://t.co/VUOQMCXwwh— Russia 🇷🇺 (@Russia 🇷🇺) 1496144395.0
Ukraine responded to Russia's attempt at blurring the lines between the two countries' borders with an epic tweet, which included a GIF from the popular American cartoon, "The Simpsons." The GIF showed a Russian politician pushing a button that changed a sign in front of him to read "Soviet Union" instead of "Russia."
"You really don't change, do you?" Ukraine replied to Russia.
@Russia You really don't change, do you? https://t.co/HDfS9A8jWZ— Ukraine / Україна (@Ukraine / Україна) 1496147594.0