The purpose of this pressure is to ensure that Russia became a “good player”, said press Secretary Sarah Sanders
The United States urged its allies and other countries to toughen policy towards Russia and increase pressure on it as long as the former superpower will not change their behavior and become, as expressed by the press Secretary of the White house Sarah Sanders, a “good player” on the world stage.
Sanders issued this statement in response to a request by the media to comment on the speech by the outgoing national security adviser Herbert McMaster at the Washington research center “Atlantic Council”.
“Of course, other countries should be strengthened, – said Sanders. We drove 60 Russian agents, other countries – for 4-5 people. We believe that everyone should be more active to take additional steps and increase pressure to change behavior.”
According to her, the United States take a tough stance against Russia and intend to continue to be rigid.
“We ask Russia to change its behavior and become a respectable player in this process”, – said the press Secretary of the White house.
However, she did not explain what is meant by the term “good player”.
Sanders recalled that McMaster, in his speech said that the administration of President Donald trump takes a very tough stance against Russia.
Statement of national security Advisor echoes with the words of the President that no one takes a tougher stance towards Russia than Donald trump, Sanders said.
“He also said that other countries can and should do more, said Sanders. And this is no different and does not contrast with what we say. We continue to take a tough stance against Russia. We will continue to take a tough stance against Russia until we see change.”
At the same time, the press Secretary of the White house recalled the words of the President, that if Russia will manage to establish relations, it will be good for the world.
“But we’ll have to wait and see what happens. Much will depend on behavior of Russia”, – summarized it.
In his last speech as national security adviser McMaster has criticized Russia for “increasing aggression around the world.”
“We were not able to force Russia to pay dearly enough,” said he, adding that because of this “arrogance of the Kremlin’s growing.”
“Russia uses old and new forms of aggression with the purpose to undermine our open society,” the General said McMaster.
“Some countries have for too long closed its eyes,” he added, listing a number of Russia’s actions, including cyber attacks against the U.S. and its NATO allies and unsafe intercepts of US military aircraft and NATO.
The McMaster praised the reaction of the administration trump to Russia’s actions, especially coordinated expulsion of diplomats in response to the incident in Salisbury with a former agent of the GRU, Sergei Skripal.
According to him, expelled diplomats helped to carry the Russian intervention in American politics, and their expulsion from the country, along with the closure of the Consulate in the US will limit the ability of Russia to disseminate propaganda and disinformation and interference in American elections.
“The US President, trump ordered to send dozens of employees of the Russian intelligence and to close the Russian Consulate in Seattle. This step will also help to protect our democratic institutions and processes, because these people organized the Russian campaign of propaganda, disinformation and political sabotage,” said McMaster.
He also gave a warning about those in the US who tend to “romanticize” such regimes as Russian, and think they have justification.
According to him, trump “has repeatedly voiced the truth about these murderous regimes.”
“Mr. Putin may think that he wins in this new type of war… he May have thought that our free nation is weak and does not it will react, he said. But he’s wrong. Russian aggression only strengthens our resolve and confidence.”