SOCHI, 9 October. In the Kremlin do not consider it appropriate words of U.S. President Barack Obama, who called the former President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych, “a corrupt puppet of Putin.” “To call it a puppet of a former President who was ousted in a violent way as a result of armed coup, organized and sponsored from outside, it is hardly appropriate”, – told reporters the President’s press Secretary Dmitry Peskov, answering the question.
In an interview with CBS, Obama said: “When I became President, Ukraine was led by a corrupt ruler who was a puppet of Mr. Putin.” This phrase American leader said, discussing with a journalist the foreign policy of Russia.
About Russia’s actions in Syria
Dmitry Peskov added that the Kremlin does not agree with the opinion of the President of the United States that Russia is trying to assume the leader role, conducting counter-terrorism operation in Syria. “It’s not leadership. Probably, the vast majority of viewpoints expressed to the observers, analysts in other countries, they are diametrically opposed to the view, which was stated by the President of the United States,” – said the press Secretary of the Russian President. He said that is due to Obama’s statements about Russia’s role, the motives of Russia.
“But the main thing here not in the lead, the main thing here is the efforts that Russia is making to combat “Islamic state” and other terrorist and extremist groups, and efforts that are ultimately aimed at preserving Syria as a unified state”, – said Peskov.
Turning to the Syrian conflict, Obama expressed the view that “Syria was the only ally of Russia in the region.” “And today, instead of count on their help and to keep the base that they had in Syria for a long time, Mr. Putin now pays its own army, its own military force just to “live thread” to strengthen the position of his only ally”, – said the head of the American state.
This journalist suggested that the Russian President “challenges the leadership” of Obama. “I have to tell you, if you think to ruin our economy and send troops to support its only ally, is leadership, then we have different definitions of leadership,” suggested Obama.