Moscow says criticism of Obama not personal
19 Jan 2017 - 23:51
Moscow: Russia had criticised a lot of Washington’s policy during President Barack Obama’s two terms in office, but it was not personal, the Kremlin said yesterday , while blaming the US for worse relations since the Cold War ended.
“It’s true during the period of the presidency of Mr. Obama our relations seriously worsened on all levels,” President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Obama’s last full working day as US leader.
“Over, the past decade, the US has repeatedly conducted unfriendly actions toward our country,” Peskov told journalists. He mentioned the US missile defence system in Europe and “aggressive behaviour by security services towards Russia”.
He also pointed to financing of non-governmental organisations in Russia which “engaged in political activity” among longstanding disagreements between the two powers.
Despite US top diplomats famously pressing “reset” button to jump-start relations in 2009, during presidency of Dmitry Medvedev, ties between Moscow and Washington deteriorated sharply in subsequent years.