Moscow, Russia. Information is coming to light that suggests that the USA ignored multiple opportunities to secure the internet and improve US-Russian relations, but was so busy punishing Russia, they ignored the overtures and a ground-breaking Putin proposal for a internet-cyber treaty between the two world powers.
The majority of the legal turmoil that has swept through Washington in recent months can be traced back to one major thing: Russia’s alleged hacking of the 2016 presidential election in US president Donald Trump’s favor and how its been pushed by the American media.
Russian president Vladimir Putin has stated the Obama administration ignored a proposal in 2015 that might have avoided all of this. His administration suggested working out a cyber treaty with the US but was ignored by Obama officials, Putin told film director Oliver Stone in Showtime’s four-part series broadcast this week.
“A year and a half ago, in fall 2015, we made proposal to our American partners that we work through these issues and conclude a treaty on the rules of behavior in this sphere,” he said in Stone’s documentary The Putin Interviews. “The American side was silent, they didn’t reply to us.”
Efforts were made to contact Obama’s office, but they didn’t reply to News Front email and phone requests for comment on the charges.
During the interview, Stone compared the Stuxnet virus, reportedly designed by the US and Israel to sabotage Iranian centrifuges in 2010, to dropping an atomic bomb on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Putin didn’t shy away from the question. “I think the comparisons between Stuxnet and nuclear weapons is too much,” he said. “But should we fail to agree to rules of conduct in this field, I agree with you on that one, the consequences of this spiral of action could be very grave and even tragic.”
Putin rejected suggestions that a cyber attack by the US could cause panic in Russia and obliquely suggested that his country is less at risk than the West. “It’s almost impossible to sow fear among Russian citizens,” Putin said in the interview.
Vladimir Putin also ridiculed Obama and vice president Joe Biden’s promises in late 2016 that they would take action against Russia’s attacks.“Firstly, they said ‘at the time of their choosing,’ but they didn’t have much time left at the end of their administration.” the Russian leader said.
Putin concluded, “To be honest, I don’t want to offend or insult anyone, but what happened in the last few days reminds me of the last days of the Politburo of the Communist Party, when they gave orders and stars and medals to each other,” he said, referring to Obama’s awarding Biden the Medal of Freedom. “I thought that was very funny to be honest. So back then I understood that the administration had run out of time to take any serious decisions.”
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