President Barack Obama advised elected head of state Donald Trump to continue the confrontation with Russia over Moscow’s deviation from international norms. He also called it unlikely that a policy reversal in Syria, where Washington intends to toughen sanctions. Such a statement Obama made during a joint press conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin, reports Reuters.
Obama held talks with Merkel in the framework of the final stage of his last foreign tour as President of the United States. It was preceded by a visit to Greece, where, in particular, touched on the theme of anti-Russian sanctions. The us President discussed this issue in Athens with Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, defending the need to maintain restrictive measures. Obama’s visit to Greece was accompanied by a protest of local residents, which was attended by about three thousand people.
“I hope the elected President will take a similar constructive approach, finding areas in which we can cooperate with Russia. But he also needs to confront Russia when it deviates from international norms,” Obama said during a press conference in Berlin.
The President of the United States, according to him, discussed with Merkel the importance of maintaining sanctions against Russia until full implementation of the Minsk agreements. The German Chancellor, in turn, also expressed “profound differences” in relations between Russia and Germany, but he stressed that Berlin is interested in good relations with Moscow, reports the BBC Russian service.
“We discussed the importance of maintaining the sanctions as long as Russia does not fulfill obligations under the Minsk agreements. We continue to support the Ukrainian people and believe that each country should have the right to independently dispose of their own destiny,” Obama said.
Obama: Washington has evidence of Russia’s involvement in cyberattacks against the United States
The President of the United States we discussed the issue of cyberattacks, stating that Washington has “clear evidence” of Russia’s participation. He noted that in the past, there were “cyber attacks in other countries at a lower level, as well as by hackers industrial espionage”, stressing that such actions should be prohibited.
Obama added that in his conversation with Russian President Vladimir Putin before the US elections he “made it clear that, although Russia will conduct reconnaissance activities even when the US is not going to like it, there’s a difference between intelligence and interference of hackers in the elections or attacks on private organizations or commercial
Meanwhile, democratic Senator Ben Cardin said that Obama is considering responses at the assigned Moscow cyber attacks on American political institutions before the expiration of his term as President of the United States.
“We were attacked and must respond. So I wrote a letter to President Obama urging him to take action to give a direct and proportional response to the actions taken against America by Russia”, – said the MP.
“And I hope he will take these steps, there is still time for the President and the necessary authority. I know he considers this question, I hope that he will use his power,” added the Senator.
Obama called Russia a military superpower
The President of the United States, answering questions of journalists in Berlin, admitted that, despite his criticism of Russia, he advocated a constructive dialogue with Russia and considers Russia a military superpower.
“My approach to Russia has not changed since the first day of my presidency. Russia is an important country, it is a military superpower, it has influence in the region and the world,” – said the American leader.
While Obama stressed that the US is interested in constructive cooperation with Russia, however while Washington there are “objective differences with Moscow.”