Obama, nudg­ing Trump, says he must ‘stand up’ to Rus­sia

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - NATION+WORLD -

Pres­i­dent Barack Obama prod­ded Don­ald Trump on Thurs­day to take a tougher ap­proach to­ward Rus­sia, urg­ing the pres­i­dent-elect to “stand up” to Moscow when it vi­o­lates global norms. The Krem­lin ac­cused Obama of try­ing to lock in bad re­la­tions be­fore Trump takes of­fice.

In Europe for his last time as pres­i­dent, Obama said he doesn’t ex­pect Trump to mir­ror his own strat­egy on Rus­sia, and hopes his suc­ces­sor will work con­struc­tively with the su­per­power where ap­pro­pri­ate. Yet he in­sisted the U.S. mustn’t gloss over deep dis­agree­ments over Syria, Ukraine and ba­sic demo­cratic val­ues.

“My hope is that he does not sim­ply take a re­alpoli­tik ap­proach,” Obama said in Ber­lin, us­ing a Ger­man term for a for­eign pol­icy driven by ex­pe­di­ency. He said he hopes the busi­ness­man won’t cut deals with Rus­sia if it hurts other coun­tries or “just do what­ever is con­ve­nient at the time.”

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