Mustard museum makes demands of Russia — RT World News

Commentators were shocked when the museum allegedly removed Russian mustards from its shelves

Midwestern mustard lovers hoping to see rare Russian condiments are out of luck, as the National Mustard Museum in Middleton, Wis., apparently no longer displays Russian mustards. According to a photo circulating online, the museum will only return the spicy dressings once Russia “recognizes and respects the sovereign nation of Ukraine.”

“Russian mustards have been temporarily removed. They will return once the invasion of Ukraine is over and Russia recognizes and respects the sovereign nation of Ukraine,” he added. read a sign apparently seen at the museum and posted online on Sunday.

An empty display area can be seen behind the sign, where the Russian mustards presumably were. The museum has not commented publicly or confirmed the decision on social media.

Russian forces entered Ukraine in late February as part of a large-scale military operation that Russian President Vladimir Putin says is aimed at neutralizing and “denazifying” the country. Russian forces have regularly taken large swaths of Ukrainian territory, and several rounds of peace talks aimed at resolving the conflict have so far failed to yield results.

The museum’s move was widely mocked online. Commentators sarcastically joked that this, and not banking bans and energy embargoes, would be the sanction that would ultimately remove Russian President Vladimir Putin from power.

Others were more surprised that the National Mustard Museum existed in the first place (it’s both a store and a museum, and was opened in 1992 by Wisconsin’s assistant attorney general, who left his post as attorney to amass a collection of over 6,000 mustards from 70 countries around the world).

The removal of Russian mustards recalls the “Freedom Fries” debacle of 2003, in which some American restaurants – and even three cafeterias in the House of Representatives on Capitol Hill – renamed “French Fries” to “Freedom Fries” in protest against France’s reluctance. participate in the invasion of Iraq.

“I’m old enough to remember ‘Freedom Fries’, and how there was near consensus among everyone of all political stripes, except the most annoying right-wing morons it was f* ****g silly,” a commentator wrote “Now everyone is like that.”

Yet Russian mustards are not the only victims of the current wave of anti-Russian sentiment sweeping the West. Concert halls canceled performances of Tchaikovsky’s music and banned Russian artists, restaurants in Europe reportedly refuse to serve Russian customers, and the International Cat Federation has banned Russian-bred and owned cats from its shows.

Harsh economic sanctions have also been imposed on Moscow by the EU and US governments, while dozens of private companies have voluntarily halted all trade with Russia.

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