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    Bernie Sanders: US Should Maintain Obama's Position on Russia Through NATO

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    Bernie Sanders claims that the United States should maintain its commitment to protect the nations of Eastern Europe against Russia through the NATO alliance.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — The United States should maintain its commitment to protect the nations of Eastern Europe against Russia through the NATO alliance, Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders stated in a nationally televised debate.

    "The president is right, we have to protect Eastern Europe against any kind of Russian aggression," Sanders said in his debate with former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on Thursday night.

    Russia's aggressive actions in Crimea and Ukraine have brought about increased tensions in Europe, Sanders noted, adding that he supported President Barack Obama commitment to increasing the power of NATO.

    Sanders pledged that Russian president Vladimir Putin "is not going to get away with aggressive action" in Europe or elsewhere.

    However, Sanders also said the United States had to focus on improving its relations with Russia.

    "We have got to do our best to develop positive relations with Russia… It is a complicated relationship," he suggested.

    Sanders so far has confounded expectation by achieving a virtual tie with Clinton in the Iowa caucuses and beating her by a margin of more than 20 points in the New Hampshire primary on Tuesday.

    Russia has repeatedly refuted any allegations of aggressive actions and interference in its neighbor’s affairs. Moreover, Russian officials have warned that the amassing of troops and weapons by the United States and NATO on Russia’s borders are provocative acts contrary to previous agreements and can destabilize the region.

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    • jas
      The US needs fewer politicians and more leaders.
    • ivanwa88
      That just cost Bernie a crack at the presidency! ......I was always unsure of Bernie....like millions of Yanks I would rather give the job to Trump....lot smarter than Bernie especially after that statement. Like anyone sane in America wants business as usual to follow Obama the evil witch doctor.
    • Porkbelly Porkerpig
      Wow, did Bernie just take a massive fall from grace, with this nonsense about Crimea and NATO against Russia. He must've really thought there were multiple dictators in North Korea, too? He obviously has NO FOREIGN POLICY of his own, just following his fellow brethren. Thom Hartman has some explaining to do.
    • margaridaoulman
      What a disapointment any way Russia and China more and more will intervene for peace, also more and more countries will be moving away from the petrodollar!
    • Linda
      Here Bernie Sanders just indirectly told that he is part of the criminal cabal running Washingtons policies around the World. All his other talk is just empty Worlds. He would probably be even worse than Obama
    • eolawki
      You blew it, Bernie. And things were going so well for you. Might as well fold your tents now and head home.
    • altair451
      It seems like Bernie is starting to drink the establishment's Kool-Aid
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