The Obama administration committed a foreign policy blunder by breaking down relations with Moscow. This is how it will go down in history as Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev put it. On a Facebook post, Medvedev said that the US-Russia relations fell apart by the end of the second term of the Obama administration. Medvedev added that administration of Barack Obama has proven to be short-sighted on such an important and complex issue such as relations with Russia.
Iranian Nuclear Program
This, despite Moscow and Washington having earlier managed to develop a functioning cooperation on some of the world’s major challenges and issues, Medvedev said. He added that the two countries signed a nuclear weapons reduction treaty and that Russia and the US played a leading role in resolving the controversy surrounding the Iranian nuclear program, the Prime Minister recalled. Those two notable achievements gave a substantial amount of hope to the Russian leadership that both states would establish good relations despite the differing approaches to various international processes and problems.
However, that did not happen, Medvedev laments. He says that the most imperative thing was to remember Russia was never a banana republic and was willing to dialogue with all members of the international community on an equal capacity. Medvedev noted that a nation with defensive capabilities comparable to the United States, and a permanent veto seat at the United Nations Security Council deserved a different approach. “It is important to remember that Russia-US relations, without exaggeration, determine the fate of the significant international initiatives,” he stressed. In spite of the existing differences, Moscow and Washington should be aware of common responsibilities regarding global fate and peace “This is something that the Obama administration failed to do.”
Cuban missile crisis
The level of pressure experienced by Russia over the past years would be impossible to imagine even when compared to the 1961 Cuban missile crisis between the US and then USSR. Pointedly, the Obama administration has ruined US-Russia ties, which are at their lowest point in many years. This is “a key foreign policy mistake of the administration of President Obama which will be remembered by history,” Medvedev emphasized. He stressed though that Russia is hoping a more balanced approach towards Russia will prevail under the new US leader. “We are ready to do our share of the work to improve the relationship,” Medvedev concluded.