Congress decision on Russian sanctions a “mistake” - former US Secretary of Defence, Robert Gates

Congress decision on Russian sanctions a “mistake” - former US Secretary of Defence, Robert Gates
15 September 2017

The decision by US Congress to impose sanctions on Russia was a mistake, US former Secretary of Defense (2006-2011) Robert Gates has said at the 14th Yalta European Strategy Annual Meeting, organised by the Victor Pinchuk Foundation.

“Frankly, I think it was a very serious mistake for Congress to pass the legislation that they did on sanctions. It gives the administration very little wiggle room in terms of trying to reduce the level of tension with Russia. It was a mistake to codify these sanctions because it means the prospect of improving the relationship is now removed to the very distant future,” Gates said.

He suggested that US President, Donald Trump, came into office wanting to improve the relationship with Russia.

“I think the actions that [Vladimir] Putin has taken, and continues to take, for the last number of years made it very problematical,” he added.

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Newt Gingrich, 58th Speaker of the House of Representatives of the United States (1995-1999), 9th Yalta Annual Meeting, 2012
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