World European Leaders Beg Trump to Stand Up to Russia

04:35  11 january  2017
04:35  11 january  2017 Source:   NBC News

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In a joint press conference, Obama and Merkel stressed their common stance for a strong NATO, free trade and action on climate change, as Western leaders brace for potentially radical changes with Trump moving into the Oval Office in January. Citing the conflicts in Syria and Ukraine, Obama stressed that he hoped Trump , who has voiced admiration for President Vladimir Putin, “is willing to stand up to Russia where they are deviating from our values and international norms”.

President Barack Obama has urged president-elect Donald Trump to stand up to Russia . In it, the two leaders stressed that the “underlying bedrock of our shared values is strong” even if the pursuit of common goals is sometimes gone about differently. They also noted that European Union-US trade was the largest between any two partners worldwide, and emphasised that the trans-Atlantic friendship has helped forge a climate accord, provide help for refugees worldwide, form a collective defence under NATO, and strengthen the global fight against Islamic State.

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Leaders and foreign ministers from across Central and Eastern Europe have implored U.S. President-elect Donald Trump to stand behind Ukraine in its struggle against Russia's annexation of Crimea and support for separatists in eastern Ukraine.

"Vladimir Putin is not America's ally," 17 current and former heads of state and foreign ministers wrote in an open letter to Trump dated Monday. "Neither is he a trustworthy international partner."

The Obama administration issued a new round of sanctions last month targeting Russian officials and businesses connected to the Crimean takeover and support for separatists. Because those and earlier sanctions were issued by executive order, Trump could choose to revoke them when he takes office next week.

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Eastern Europe . U.S. President Barack Obama has urged his successor to stand up to Russia when it comes to the conflicts in Ukraine and Syria. Obama made the comment at a joint press conference in Berlin with German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Obama called on President-elect Donald Trump not too compromise U.S. values or international norms in an effort to cut a deal with Russia .

On Friday, they are expected to meet a group of European leaders to pave the way for the next President of the United States. Both Obama and Merkel assured that Russia ’s sanctions will be renewed until it ceases its disruptive agenda. But seeing that Trump “likes” Putin, one can only hope that the 45th President of the United States knows how to stand up to the fiercest authoritarian leader of the century.

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"It would be a grave mistake to end the current sanctions on Russia or accept the division and subjugation of Ukraine," the European leaders wrote, warning that to do so would demoralize America's allies in the region and destabilize their economies.

In the broader picture, they wrote: "the aftershocks of such a deal would shake American credibility with allies in Europe and elsewhere."

Trump has frequently praised Putin's leadership, and his nominee for secretary of state, former ExxonMobil Chief Executive Rex Tillerson, has expressed opposition to sanctions on Russia, where ExxonMobil has business ties.

The letter is similar to one that was sent to Obama shortly after he took office in January 2009, which expressed concern that "Central and Eastern European countries are no longer at the heart of American foreign policy."

"Russia is back as a revisionist power pursuing a 19th-century agenda with 21st-century tactics and methods," that letter said.

Five of the leaders signed both letters:

  • Istvan Gyarmati, chief executive of the International Center for Democratic Transition, a Hungarian pro-democracy nonprofit
  • Karel Schwarzenberg, chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Czech Republic's Chamber of Deputies
  • Janusz Onyszkiewicz of Poland, former vice president of the European Parliament's Foreign Affairs Committee
  • Former Latvian President Vaira Vike-Freiberga
  • Alexandr Vondra, former foreign minister of the Czech Republic

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