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Arizona Democrat Rep. Gallego: Obama’s Handling Of Russia Was ‘Weak’ And ‘Wrong’

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Democrat Arizona Rep. Ruben Gallego criticized former President Obama on Wednesday for the way he handled situations with Russia during his presidency and concluded that some of his actions contributed to the problems we’re seeing today as turmoil in Ukraine intensifies.

Gallego made the remarks during the final day of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization in America conference at Arizona State University’s Beus Center for Law and Society. During his speech, Gallego, according to The Arizona Republic, called on President Biden to send military aid to Kyiv, and also to deploy troops to NATO countries near the region.

“Russia is an autocratic bullying country and … they’re the bad guys. We, NATO, democratic countries, are the good guys,” Gallego said, distancing himself from opinions once held by Obama. “It’s OK to say that it’s OK for us to fight that way.”

In a 2014 interview with The Atlantic, Obama made clear that he believed it was not in America’s best interest to interfere with ongoing events in Europe as it relates to Russia and Ukraine.

“The fact is that Ukraine, which is a non-NATO country, is going to be vulnerable to military domination by Russia no matter what we do,” Obama said. “This is an example of where we have to be very clear about what ou… (Read more)

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