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NATO Expert: Russian Legislators ‘Made Fun’ of Obama for Being ‘Too Soft’ on Russia

Posted by on Feb. 15, 2017 at 5:40 PM
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NATO Expert: Russian Legislators ‘Made Fun’ of Obama for Being ‘Too Soft’ on Russia

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Russian legislators "made fun" of President Barack Obama for being "too soft" on Russia after it annexed the Crimean Peninsula from Ukraine in 2014, according to a NATO expert.

"The U.S. and the international community had a lot of powerful non-military options to raise the cost to Russia and make it more willing to stop killing Ukrainians," Jorge Benitez of the Atlantic Council told Business Insider on Wednesday. "Obama’s sanctions are so soft, some Russian legislators made fun of him and begged the U.S. to sanction them."

Benitez also blamed the European Union and United Nations, among others, for not doing enough to stand up to Russian aggression.

"Yes, Obama was too soft on Russia," Benitez said. "But so were Germany, France, the UK, the EU, the UN, and Congress."

In response to the media's reaction to Trump's dealings with Russia, Senator Ted Cruz (R., Texas) tweeted out a video from 2012 in which Obama promised then Russian President Dmitry Medvedev that he would have "more flexibility" after he was reelected. Cruz through his tweet seemed to insinuate that the media did not devote nearly as much outrage to Obama's attempts to soften the relationship with Russia as they have to President Trump's.

Breaking: ABC releases video of POTUS promising "more flexibility" w/ Russia after election. Media outraged:  http://tinyurl.com/jue8k2q 


Benitez said Russia's actions in Ukraine and attitude on the matter stemmed from the lack of a response to Moscow's invasion of Georgia in 2008.

He added that "the softness" was a driving factor behind "Putin’s willingness to break international treaties like the INF [Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces] and probably attack another of his neighbors in the future."

Benitez said that legislators in the Kremlin taunted Obama because the United States had options to counter Moscow's actions in Ukraine but did not act.

He said that Russia's dependency on trade with Europe, specifically from the energy that the Russian Federation provides, could have been used as leverage over Russia.

"Russia is so dependent on Europeans buying their energy, that if Europe did even a partial embargo and cut its energy purchases from Russia in half, it would have a crippling impact on the Russian economy and make it impossible for Putin to pay for his foreign aggression," Benitez said.

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Clairwil
by Ruby Member on Feb. 15, 2017 at 5:51 PM
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Quoting 12hellokitty:

Benitez also blamed the European Union and United Nations, among others, for not doing enough to stand up to Russian aggression.

"Yes, Obama was too soft on Russia," Benitez said. "But so were Germany, France, the UK, the EU, the UN, and Congress."

[...]

He said that Russia's dependency on trade with Europe, specifically from the energy that the Russian Federation provides, could have been used as leverage over Russia.

"Russia is so dependent on Europeans buying their energy, that if Europe did even a partial embargo and cut its energy purchases from Russia in half, it would have a crippling impact on the Russian economy and make it impossible for Putin to pay for his foreign aggression," Benitez said.

two points:

1.  The EU was at least partially to blame, by threatening Russia's vital interests (it moved to take Russia's main port on the Black Sea away from it.)   Reaction was inevitable, and the EU diplomats misjudged Russians willingness (or ability) to kick back.

2. The EU is at least as dependent upon Russian gas, as Russia is upon selling it to them.

cgd5112
by Bronze Member on Feb. 15, 2017 at 6:01 PM
Maybe. Maybe not.
The big difference is that Obama did not answer to Pooty. Trump has cast significant doubt about his administration being compromised by Russian ties.
Trump hasn't been in office a month and his administration is already a clusterfuck. That the Reps have to deflect w " what about Obama?" only casts more doubt about DT denying any ties to Pooty.
GloriousChaos
by Silver Member on Feb. 15, 2017 at 6:18 PM
Perhaps. They sure as hell don't like the sanctions though do they. Bet they didn't say that about Hillary...

And they think Trump is their puppet so there is that as well.
12hellokitty
by Ruby Member on Feb. 15, 2017 at 6:26 PM


Quoting GloriousChaos: Perhaps. They sure as hell don't like the sanctions though do they. Bet they didn't say that about Hillary... And they think Trump is their puppet so there is that as well.

Image result for russia on hillary

Sisteract
by Whoopie on Feb. 15, 2017 at 6:29 PM


Quoting GloriousChaos: Perhaps. They sure as hell don't like the sanctions though do they. Bet they didn't say that about Hillary... And they think Trump is their puppet so there is that as well.

B-i-n-g-o.

GloriousChaos
by Silver Member on Feb. 15, 2017 at 6:36 PM
Putin had his surrogates whining about what a hawk she would be against Russia.

So sorry but your silly meme is a complete fail.

Quoting 12hellokitty:

Quoting GloriousChaos: Perhaps. They sure as hell don't like the sanctions though do they. Bet they didn't say that about Hillary...

And they think Trump is their puppet so there is that as well.

Image result for russia on hillary

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