Us Ambassador to Russia John Tefft spoke about the difficult choice that, according to him, stood the ex-President of the United States Barack Obama. The American leadership had to choose between restrictions against Russia and the war, said Tefft. According to the Ambassador, the war nobody wanted. The current anti-Russian sanctions imposed by the new authorities associated with cyber attacks, which accused Russia.
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U.S. Ambassador to Russia John Tefft gave interview to radio station “Echo of Moscow” in which has told about the choice faced by the former occupant of the White house Barack Obama. According to Tefft, the 44th President of the United States must choose between sanctions against Russia and war.
“The choice that was presented to the Obama administration: “do you Want to wage war with Russia?” No one wanted this. And Russia did not want to go to war with the United States, as I understand it”, — said the head of the us diplomatic mission, noting that the restrictions were an attempt “to Express my disagreement with what was seen as a violation of international law.”
At the same time, Tefft said that he considers sanctions primitive measures, but effective.
“I think sanctions are such a blunt instrument. There have been no issues and everyone understands this,” — said the Ambassador to a corresponding question of journalists.
Adopted by the administration trump the bill that increase sanctions against Russia, John Tefft connects with accusations against Russia of involvement in the cyber attacks. The vote in both houses of Congress was unanimous for the reason that American citizens perceive cybermohalla as a direct attack on the electoral system.
The last restrictions are an attempt to convey information to Russia, that it is “not worth doing”.