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Putin Says Obama Isn’t Weak

Russian President Vladimir Putin doesn’t believe President Barack Obama is weak. Instead, he blamed partisan politics for creating this false narrative.

“I don’t think so at all,” the Russian leader said on CBS’s “60 Minutes,” chalking up notions that he disrespects Obama to politics.

“You see, here’s the thing. In any country – and in the United States I believe this happens even more often than in any other country – foreign political factors are used for domestic political battles,” he said. “There is a presidential campaign coming up, so they’re playing either the Russian card or something else.”

The Hill reports:

Several Republican primary candidates have criticized the president for a dovish foreign policy amid escalating global tensions.
The Russian president defended Russia’s military actions in Ukraine and Syria.

He said he annexed Crimea in order to reestablish legitimate government in the Slavic territory, where the pro-Russia president had been overthrown.

“It is our closest neighbor,” Putin said of Ukraine. “We’ve always said that this is our sister country. It’s not only a Slavic people. We have common history, common culture, common religion, and many things in common.”

Putin also said he believes the U.S. played a part in trying to overthrown former Ukraine President Viktor Yanukovych.

“I know that for sure,” Putin said.

See the full story at The Hill.

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