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Glaring Omission #21: Sen. John Kerry Doesn’t Mention How Obama Wants More Flexibility With Russia

- September 7, 2012

Obama Has Failed To Gain Russian Support For The His International Agenda

Despite The "Reset," Russia Continues To Support Regimes In Syria And Iran. "Then there's Russia's veto of a Security Council resolution to sanction Syria and its continuing arms sales to the regime of Bashar Assad. Moscow also resists putting any new pressure on Iran's nuclear bomb makers." (Editorial, "Our Friends The Russians," The Wall Street Journal, 12/5/11)

  • Russia Is "One Of The Biggest Obstacles For The Obama Administration" In The Effort To Unify The International Community Against Assad. "One of the biggest obstacles for the Obama administration is Russia, which has supported the ceasefire but has also backed Assad and allegedly provided arms to the Syrian army. While Obama administration officials have frequently accused Russia of being complicit in the deaths of Syrians, they've also said they won't take stronger action without the international community's backing, something Russia remains opposed to allowing. Russia and China, who has joined the Russians vetoing more UN action, were invited to this week's Friends of Syria meeting, but the countries did not attend." (Jeremy Herb, "Obama faces tough choices in Syria," The Hill's "DEFCON Hill", 4/21/12)
  • Russia Slammed The New U.S. Sanctions Against Iran, Calling Them "Covert Blackmail" And Warning That U.S.-Russian Relations Had Been Put In Jeopardy. "Russia sharply criticized new U.S. sanctions against Iran on Monday, saying the measures to punish banks, insurance companies and shippers that help Iran sell its oil would harm Moscow's ties with Washington if Russian firms are affected. Russia, which has long opposed sanctions beyond those approved by the U.N. Security Council to pressure Tehran over its nuclear program, called the measures 'overt blackmail' and a 'crude contradiction of international law.'" ("Russia Says New U.S. Sanctions On Iran Could Affect Ties," Reuters, 8/13/12)

"In A Private Conversation About The Planned U.S.-Led NATO Missile Defense System In Europe, Obama Asked Outgoing Russian President Dmitri Medvedev For Space On The Issue." (Brianna Keilar, "Open Mic Catches Obama Asking Russian President For Space On Missile Defense," CNN, 3/26/12)

  • Obama To Russian President Medvedev: "After My Election I Have More Flexibility." OBAMA: "On all these issues, but particularly missile defense, this, this can be solved but it's important for him to give me space." PRESIDENT MEDVEDEV: "Yeah, I understand. I understand your message about space. Space for you…" OBAMA: "This is my last election. After my election I have more flexibility." MEDVEDEV: "I understand. I will transmit this information to Vladimir." (Jake Tapper, " President Obama Asks Medvedev For 'Space' On Missile Defense - 'After My Election I Have More Flexibility' ," ABC News , 3/26/12)

Obama's Message To Russia On Missile Defense: "Let Me Get Reelected First…Then I'll Have A Better Chance Of Making Something Happen." "In their joint statement to reporters here, President Obama and Russian President Dmitri Medvedev spoke carefully about continuing discussions on the sensitive issues of European missile defense. But in an unscripted moment picked up by camera crews, the American president was more blunt: Let me get reelected first, he said, then I'll have a better chance of making something happen." (David Nakamura and Debbi Wilgoren, "Obama Tells Medvedev Solution On Missile Defense Is Unlikely Before Elections," The Washington Post , 3/26/12)


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