The outgoing President of the USA Barack Obama on January 18, he gave a farewell press conference. This coming Friday, January 20, will inaugurate a new President, Republican Donald trump.
Obama: Constructive relations between Moscow and Washington need worldwide
A large part of the issues Obama touched on his views on relations with Russia. Contrary to the principles of its foreign policy, including harsh and unjustified sanctions of recent weeks, he said that a constructive relationship with Moscow necessary to Washington in the interests of the United States and around the world. In this case only two weeks ago by the decision of the Obama administration 35 Russian diplomats were declared persona non grata and expelled from the country.
“I believe that in the interests of the United States and the world community to have a constructive relationship with Russia,” — suddenly said Obama.
In the words of the 44th President of the United States, this is what he was trying to build with Russia, but this good intention was not to materialize. While Obama did not fail to lay the responsibility for the failure of the negotiations to his Russian counterpart.
“Return to the spirit of competition that existed during the cold war complicated relations”, — said the American President.
Obama: Russia and Ukraine are historically tied together socially and culturally
Touching upon the theme of anti-Russian sanctions, he noted that the abolition of the restrictive measures should be associated exclusively with the actions of Russia in Ukraine as their main reason. Obama also expressed hope for a strong relationship of Russia and Ukraine in the future while maintaining the sovereignty of the latter.
“They are historically tied together socially and culturally. However, Ukraine is an independent country” — said Obama.
“At my core, I think we’re going to be ok. We just have to fight for it, we have to work for it.” –@POTUS https://t.co/A0xwumsNNI
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) January 18, 2017 Obama has accused Russia of disrupting the nuclear stockpile reductions
Continuing to place the responsibility for the deterioration of bilateral relations in Moscow, the President said he was determined to continue the process of reducing nuclear arsenals, but did not find understanding with the Russian colleagues. Obama cautiously noted that nuclear disarmament has a future, if Donald trump will resume talks on this subject. Earlier, trump talked about the intention to conclude an agreement with Russia on reducing nuclear stockpiles in exchange for the lifting of sanctions.
“I told President Putin that he is ready to move on. But they didn’t want to negotiate. If the President trump will resume these talks in a serious way, I believe we still have a lot of opportunity to reduce nuclear arsenals,” — said Obama.
The empowerment of the LGBT community Obama called one of the main objects of pride
Speaking about their achievements on a post of the head of state, Obama expressed satisfaction with the achievements in the field of protection of the rights of homosexuals that became “irreversible”.
“American society has changed, particularly the attitudes of the youth changed,” he explained, saying that could not be more proud of the state of Affairs in the field of the rights of the LGBT community.
Obama explained the reduced sentence Bradley Manning
Also, the inter-block issues Obama commented on the verdict against WikiLeaks informant Bradley manning now a woman named Chelsea. The President called the verdict disproportionate to similar judgments for similar crimes. That’s why he made the decision on mitigation of punishment. The disclosure of classified information, manning was sentenced to 31 years and six months in prison.