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    If Trump Tries to Lift Obama's Sanctions, He 'Will Be Branded as Putin's Agent'

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    Outgoing US President Barack Obama and his administration are trying to put a spoke in Donald Trump's wheel, political analyst Vladimir Batyuk, who heads the Political and Military Research Center at the Moscow-based Institute of USA and Canada Studies, told RIA Novosti, referring to the latest sanctions Washington imposed on Moscow.

    "Clearly Trump is the main goal behind the latest activities of the Obama administration. If he decides to lift some of the measures imposed by the outgoing US president, he will be branded as weak, 'Putin's agent' and so on," he said.

    On December 29, the Obama administration ordered the expulsion of 35 Russian diplomats, the closure of two Russian diplomatic compounds and new sanctions against six Russian individuals and five entities, including the Main Intelligence Directorate (GRU) and the Federal Security Service (FSB), over Moscow's alleged interference in the 2016 election.

    "The mood in the United States resembles the anti–communist hysteria of the late 1940s and the early 1950s, bringing sad thoughts to mind," the political analyst said.

    Batyuk was confident that Russia would introduce similar measures to those imposed by US President Barack Obama on Thursday, but Russian President Vladimir Putin decided against this step.

    Instead Putin said that US diplomats will not be expelled from Russia, stating that he will wait until President-elect Donald Trump takes office to improve relations between the two countries. Putin also wished Obama a happy New Year and invited children of US diplomats to the New Year and Christmas children's parties at the Kremlin.

    Donald Trump praised Putin for his decision, saying that this was a "great move" and adding that he "always knew" that the Russian president is "very smart."

    Batyuk further said that relations with Moscow will not be the factor that determines whether the next US president succeeds or fails. It is Trump's achievements in domestic affairs, particularly when it comes to economic policies that he will largely be judged by.

    "This is what the fate of the new US president will depend on," he stated.

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    • avatar
      No I disagree he will be the hero of over 65% of Americans that want a peaceful relationship with Russia not a restart of the 1950 Ice age era of blood Gauls.
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      "The mood in the United States resembles the anti–communist hysteria of the late 1940s and the early 1950s, bringing sad thoughts to mind," the political analyst said.
      Not true. Many of the people that I know who were listening to Peggy Noonan and other neocon propagandists are now at least neutral about Russia if not pro-Russia. I think that is evident by the rejection of Clinton and Obama who are rabidly anti-Russia. The same happened to all of the haters of Russia in the GOP primaries. I have no clue what Batyuk has to support his statement or how he can believe it even from a casual observation of the facts.
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      No, not weak, not agent of Russia, but a true leader, strong man, stand firm, a true leader not a follower.
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      "Donald Trump praised Putin for his decision, saying that this was a "great move" and adding that he "always knew" that the Russian president is "very smart."

      Trump is no shirk. He will come out with something that is just as revealing. And the first to know will not be the press, but his Twitter people. It's good to have a pal, isn't it? He will leave all the second guessers gasping for their own realities.
    • Adrienne Adonis
      Trump will not be branded as Putins agent ! Trump will be branded as keeping good relations with a super power ..........and preventing WW3 saving humanity. Anyone who feels the US needs to go to war against Russia is a warmonger and promoter of end times.
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      Obama lives in his own little world where he thinks he matters....he does not and has not since day one.
      Trump won't undoubtedly do everything right but he will at least make an effort rather than O-Dumb Dump who just continued the same failed policies as Bush.
      If Trump is a Putin agent I say more power to him, Russia is a success no matter what the US and West cobcoct to trip them up where the US is a PERPETUAL FAILURE, so a little help from Putin is a blessing!
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      Marques rouges
      Neocons and democrats are just angry that Goldamn Sachs played the other side.

      They'll get over it.

      GS always play both sides, if they have any chance of winning, anyway, so it's not even a surprise.
    • Alan Reid
      If Trump does Not lift the Russian Sanctions then he will be an agent of Obama! What is worse in all reality?
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      Tim - USA
      The Dems already labeled Trump a Russian agent before he was elected so no news here. Americans want peace with Russia and Trump was the ONLY candidate from both sides of the isle during the primary's that was pro Russian. All the rest were war monger Russia hater clones of each other. This is one of the 2 major reasons I voted for Trump as did many others.
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      Undoing Obama's sanctions won't be viewed as weak or Putin's agent.
      But rather it can be referred to as breaking the barriers to peace and diplomatic dialog at which the Obama administration failed miserably and were incapable of.
      The sanctions can be viewed as tools of weakness and cowardice.
      It is obvious Obama is weak and a coward.
      Imagine that, USA has a Coward Commander in chief.
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      double bonus
      ["Clearly Trump is the main goal behind the latest activities of the Obama administration. If he decides to lift some of the measures imposed by the outgoing US president, he will be branded as weak, 'Putin's agent' and so on,"]

      Not necessarily. Actually, the reverse may be true. Hillary Clinton lost, so a majority of the American Public is not buying the current anti-Russian US Media narrative. Trump's show of strength, would be to stand up to the media and the Democrats, and reverse these anti-Russian Obama measures as soon as possible.

      Trump is a businessman, and doing business with Russia is good for the US Economy, in a way that makes these slurs of "Putin's Agent" and such both meaningless and irrelevant.
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