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Washington pursuing actions to provoke Russia: ex-US Senate candidate!
Former US Senate candidate Mark Dankof says the White House is pursuing to provoke Russia by a series of actions such as the National Security Agency’s spying programs and the war on Syria.
“The United States is pursuing a series of actions that are frankly designed to provoke Russia and to poison the long-time relationship between the United States and Russia,” the political commentator from San Antonio told Press TV on Wednesday.
“This is a bad policy. It doesn’t have to be this way and it seems to me that some major revisions are in order before the relationship between the United States and Russia returns to some semblance of what it was between the United States and the old Soviet Union during the Cold War,” he added.
Dankof made the comments after the United States once again threatened Russia about “long-term problems” if Moscow did not send American Whistleblower Edward Snowden back to the United States.
“The Russian government has an opportunity here to work with us,” White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said. “This should not be something that causes long-term problems for US-Russian relations.”
The National Security Agency leaker, who is staying in the transit area of Moscow’s main international airport, has been charged with espionage for disclosing secret US government spying programs.
The United States has been pressing Russia not to grant asylum to Snowden. Washington has also been pressuring other countries not to take him, particularly Latin America, where Venezuela, Bolivia and Nicaragua have said they are willing to grant him asylum.
Human rights groups say the Obama administration is violating the whistleblower’s right to have his asylum request considered fairly.