noun [ U ] disapproving /wɑːˈt̬əˈbaʊ.tɪ.zəm/
the technique or practice of responding to an accusation or difficult question by making a counteraccusation or raising a different issue.
Despite saying at the top of his press conference that he didn't think there was "any kind of hostility" between himself and Biden, Putin launched into a familiar diatribe of anti-US whataboutism to deflect criticism of the Russian Federation. （CNN/16 June, 2021）
jovial & joviality
adjective & noun
characterized by good-humored cheerfulness and conviviality； (of a person) friendly and in a good mood, or (of a situation) enjoyable because of being friendly and pleasant
The scheduling of separate news conferences meant there was none of the joviality that accompanied a 2018 meeting in Helsinki between Putin and Biden's predecessor, Donald Trump, where Putin presented Trump with a soccer ball. There was also no shared meal. （Reuters / June 16, 2021）
verb & noun /ˈteɪ.pɚ/
If something tapers or is tapered, it gradually becomes reduced in amount, number, or size until it is greatly reduced.
The Federal Reserve on Wednesday brought forward its projections for the first post-pandemic interest rate hikes into 2023 and opened the debate on when and how it may be appropriate to start tapering the U.S. central bank's massive bond-buying program. （Reuters / June 16, 2021）
(of an idea, proposal, etc) seemingly contrary to common sense；something that is counter-intuitive does not happen in the way you would expect it to.
However counterintuitive it might be for Putin to poke the US President in the eye later down the line, the Russian president's every action is done with a view to how it will play for him domestically. （CNN/16 June, 2021）
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