Obama’s sanctions against Russia are simply a “gesture of despair” and could be a “poisoned gift” for the Trump administration, Aleksey Pushkov, Chairman of the Federation Council Mass Media Committee, told RT.
The recent sanctions are an indication of the Obama Administration’s “incapacity to isolate Russia, to weaken Russia,” Pushkov said.
The senator called the sanctions a measure of “vengeance and retaliation.”
“Nothing actually worked out the way President Obama wanted it to work out,” he said, adding that the Obama administration wanted “to take revenge on Russia and Russian President Vladimir Putin.”
The new sanctions could be a problem for the administration of President-elect Donald Trump “because Russia will take some measures in return,” Pushkov said.
“This is a poisoned gift for from Obama administration for Trump administration [sic]. And the Trump administration will have to deal with this poisoned gift. Hope they will not eat it and not get contaminated.
“But they would have to prove that it was an emotional move by Obama administration. And that can’t be fine for the future state of Russian-American relations.”
On Thursday Barack Obama announced a set of countermeasures in response to what he called “the Russian government’s aggressive harassment of US officials and cyber operations aimed at the US election.”
Thirty-five Russian diplomats have been expelled from the US, with Obama branding them “intelligence operatives.” Two Russian diplomatic compounds were closed, in New York and Maryland.
According to the US president, nine Russian entities, including the GRU (Russian Military Intelligence) and the FSB (Federal Security Service), have been sanctioned.
Kremlin press-secretary Dmitry Peskov said that sanctions are another manifestation of the unpredictable and aggressive foreign policy by the Obama administration.
The Obama administration and the losing Democratic presidential candidate, Hillary Clinton, have repeatedly accused Moscow of being behind cyberattacks that targeted Clinton and her campaign chairman, John Podesta, during their campaign.
They said that the whistleblower website WikiLeaks obtained the damaging hacked emails, which dashed Clinton’s chances to win, from Russian intelligence agencies.
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