Russia: Obama signed defense bill to create problems for Trump

Russia is accusing President Obama of creating problems for President-elect Donald TrumpDonald TrumpDe Blasio spokesman after Trump Tower evacuation: ‘We’ll send you the bill’ Obama at Pearl Harbor: US must not ‘turn inward’ Trump: Obama ‘lost’ in key swing states for Clinton MORE by signing the annual defense policy bill last week.

In a statement Tuesday, the Russian Foreign Ministry listed a litany of objections to this year’s National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), including the renewal of language related to Russian aggression in Ukraine and the easing of restrictions on supplying weapons to Syrian rebels.

“Overall, it appears that the Authorization Act has been adopted by the outgoing Obama administration, which is hastily introducing new sanctions against Russia, to create problems for the incoming Trump administration and complicate its relations on the international stage, as well as to force it to adopt an anti-Russia policy,” Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said in the statement.

“This policy has brought the current US administration, which believed that Russia would bow to pressure, into a dead end. We hope the new administration will be more sagacious.”

Trump has made overtures toward improving relations with Russia, including praising Russian President Vladimir Putin as a strong leader and dismissing intelligence assessments

Article source: http://thehill.com/policy/defense/311868-russia-us-defense-bill-creates-problems-for-trump

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