Obama Says 'Russia Doesn't Make Anything'

Aug 3, 2014 Read more: Weekday Magazine 12

U.S. President Barack Obama holds a bilateral meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin during a G8 summit in Northern Ireland in June 2013 U.S. President Barack Obama holds a bilateral meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin during a G8 summit in Northern Ireland in June 2013 U.S. President Barack Obama has downplayed Moscow's role in ... (more)

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#3 Aug 3, 2014
U.S. President Barack Obama has downplayed Moscow's role in the world, dismissing Russia as a nation that "doesn't make anything."

In an interview with the British weekly “The Economist” posted online on August 2, Obama said:“Immigrants aren’t rushing to Moscow in search of opportunity. The life expectancy of the Russian male is around 60 years old. The population is shrinking.”

Obama made the comments as Ukrainian government forces continue to battle pro-Russian separatists in the country's east.

The West has imposed sanctions on Russia, accusing Moscow of supporting the Ukrainian rebels -- which the Kremlin denies.

In the interview, Obama criticized President Vladimir Putin as a leader who causes short-term trouble for political gain.

"I think President Putin represents a deep strain in Russia that is probably harmful to Russia over the long term," he said.

The U.S. president added that the West has to “respond with resolve” to Russia's "regional challenges."

“We have to make sure that they don’t escalate where suddenly nuclear weapons are back in the discussion of foreign policy,” he said.

Last week, the U.S. government accused Russia of conducting tests that violate a 1987 nuclear treaty designed to eliminate ground-launched missiles with 500 to 5,500 kilometer ranges.

Describing U.S. tensions with China as "manageable," Obama told “The Economist” that the West needs to be "pretty firm" with Beijing.

"They're not sentimental, and they are not interested in abstractions. And so simple appeals to international norms are insufficient," he added.

China frequently skirmishes with the West over intellectual property issues and is engaged in territorial disputes with its neighbors in the South China Sea.

"There have to be mechanisms both to be tough with them when we think that they're breaching international norms, but also to show them the potential benefits over the long term," Obama said.
Karmarim

Sliema, Malta

#4 Aug 4, 2014
What does the US make other than the same as Russia weapons, everything is made in China and better yet everything in China is something we can do without.
PROUD TO BE SERB

Adelaide, Australia

#5 Aug 4, 2014
Obama is right! Russia is no make "WAR"
America is a specialist in making " WAR"
Thanks.
RUSSIAN TERRORISTS

Port Moody, Canada

#6 Aug 5, 2014
Russia exports many fascist terrorists to Ukraine, so this is not entirely accurate.

Drunken, violent fascist morons is Russia's main export now, as they have a huge surplus of them!
RUSSIA a TERRORIST STATE

Port Moody, Canada

#7 Aug 5, 2014
Karmarim wrote:
What does the US make other than the same as Russia weapons, everything is made in China and better yet everything in China is something we can do without.
The airplanes we fly on and the movies we watch are all made in the USA, for starters!

Russia exports only drunken fascist terrorists as it dies.......
Balsa Jovovic

Podgorica, Montenegro

#8 Aug 5, 2014
Will Obama the Chimpanzee draw another Red Line,that no one will give shit about? ;-))
NO WORLD CUP for RUSSIA

Port Moody, Canada

#9 Aug 5, 2014
Will Putin play stupid so often the secret of his actual stupidity will be undeniable?
Balsa Jovovic

Podgorica, Montenegro

#10 Aug 5, 2014
Putin punching Obama in face LOL
http://www.freakingnews.com/pictures/111500/O...
lulz

Pembroke, NC

#11 Aug 5, 2014
RUSSIA a TERRORIST STATE wrote:
<quoted text>
The airplanes we fly on and the movies we watch are all made in the USA, for starters!
america makes planes that cant stop crashing and shitty remakes of old movies...
Shinichiro Takizawa

Tokorozawa, Japan

#13 Aug 6, 2014
The U.S. must take Monroe-Doctrine now!
The U.S. must withdraw American-Forces from NATO, from Europe, from Japan, from South-Korea, from Asia, from Singapore, from Afghanistan, and from Pakistan now!
The U.S. must withdraw American-Forces now from all the wars in which the U.S. now involves!
The U.S. must decrease its military-budget to 100-billion-dollar per year now.
Or, the U.S. must decrease its military-budget to 1% of its GDP now.

Chechen Independence war, South Ossetia war, Xinjiang (Uyghur) Independence war, Tibetan Independence war,
Asian war, Korean war, Japan-Russia war, Japan-China war, Japan-N.Korea war, Japan-S.Korea war,
Indo-Pakistani war, Sino-Indian war, Sino-Russia border conflict, Sino-Vietnamese war, China-Malaysia war, China-Indonesia war, Intifada, Northern Ireland Independence war, Cod war,
European war, Germany-Russia war, British-Russia war, Balkan war, Falklands war,
must begin now!

The U.S. must not be involved these wars!
The U.S. must make ships, steel, airplanes, PCs, cars, and home-electric-appliances in the U.S.,
and the U.S. must export those ships, steel, airplane, PCs, cars, and home-electric-appliances from the U.S. to the world!
(This can be called a Monroe Doctrine.)

Wars, natural-disasters, earth-quakes and Nuclear-power-plant-disasters must occur in Germany, China, Taiwan, South-Korea, Russia and Japan now!
Wars, natural-disasters, earth-quakes and Nuclear-power-plant-disasters in Germany, China, Taiwan, South-Korea, Russia and Japan
will cause reconstruction-demands in Germany, China, Taiwan, South-Korea, Russia and Japan!
Wars, natural-disasters, earth-quakes and Nuclear-power-plant-disasters in Germany, China, Taiwan, South-Korea, Russia and Japan
will increase Germany's, China's, Taiwan's, South-Korea's, Russia's and Japan's domestic-demands!
Wars, natural-disasters, earth-quakes and Nuclear-power-plant-disasters in Germany, China, Taiwan, South-Korea, Russia and Japan
will decrease supplies from Germany, China, Taiwan, South-Korea, Russia and Japan.

Germany, Taiwan, South-Korea, Japan, British and Italy must protect Germany, Taiwan, South-Korea, Japan, British and Italy by themselves!
Germany, Taiwan, South-Korea and Japan must increase Germany's, Taiwan's, South-Korea's and Japan's military-budgets and Germany's, Taiwan's, South-Korea's and Japan's military-forces now!

China, Taiwan, Japan, Germany, South-Korea and Russia are evil-fascism-communism-empires !

Japan needs military-draft-system in Japan of Japan now!
All Japs, all Japanese-men, all Japanese-women, all Japanese-boys and all Japanese-girls except mental-parients must be drafted by Japanese-Forces now!
(I have NO intention to support Japan.)

Finally, Japan will be destroyed!
Remember Pearl Harbor!
PROUD TO BE SERB

Adelaide, Australia

#15 Aug 6, 2014
Shiro Hima wrote:
Obama is right. Russia more or less is like Saudi Arabia. Undemocratic and its economy is based on oil. When oil disappears, so does Russia.
Please remember !!! USA & EU HAVE NO OIL OR GAS. So Who will disappear first. Lol.
NO WORLD CUP for RUSSIA

Port Moody, Canada

#16 Aug 7, 2014
PROUD TO BE SERB wrote:
<quoted text>
Please remember !!! USA & EU HAVE NO OIL OR GAS. So Who will disappear first. Lol.
WOW!

You Russo-Fascists are SO IGNORANT!

Yes, the US is the BIGGEST PRODUCER of Natural Gas on earth (the EU is third!), and the US is also the THIRD-BIGGEST producer of OIL on earth!

You drunken Russian Fascists are so CLUELESS you're FUNNY!

Such STUPID Fascist Clowns in Putin's dying Russia!

HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA!

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