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Washington, Moscow, and Ankara send each other messages by renaming streets

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Provocative jabs between the United States and Russia apparently are not over. The latest effort involves renaming the streets on which the Russian and American Embassies sit in a way that is sure to provoke annoyance — or laughter — in each other’s capital, the New York Times reports.

To be fair, the newspaper points out, the United States started it. On Jan. 10, the City Council in Washington changed the name of the block of Wisconsin Avenue where the Russian Embassy sits to “1 Boris Nemtsov Plaza”.

Nemtsov, a charismatic opposition politician and fierce Kremlin critic, was fatally shot near the Kremlin walls in February 2015.

Moscow responded by proposing to change the name of an alley near the United States Embassy to “1 North American Dead End”.

Mikhail Degtyaryov, a right-wing Russian lawmaker who suggested the name, confirmed on Twitter on Monday that the appropriate Moscow city commission would take up his suggestion later in February, the New York Times writes.

Also on Monday, the mayor of Ankara, the Turkish capital, approved renaming a street outside the United States Embassy “Olive Branch,” after Turkey’s continuing military campaign in Syria.

“We have signed the proposal to change ‘Nevzat Tandoğan Caddesi’ in front of the U.S. Embassy to ‘Olive Branch’,” Ankara Metropolitan mayor Mustafa Tuna posted on his Twitter account on Feb. 12.

According to the Hürriyet, the move comes amid fierce reactions from the Turkish government to the U.S. for its support given to the Syrian Kurdish militia in Syria.