Clinton says she warned Obama to not trust Putin

 

Hillary Clinton says she warned President Obama early on about Russian President Vladimir Putin’s "true agenda" to “re-Sovietize” nations in Eastern Europe.

In her memoir Hard Choices, released in bookstores Tuesday, Clinton said she warned Obama about Putin in a memo she prepared before leaving the State Department last year, according to the International Business Times.

Putin represented a danger “to his neighbors and the global order,” she wrote, cautioning that “difficult days lay ahead and that our relationship with Moscow would likely get worse before it got better.”

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Clinton, who many expect to run for president in 2016, said she advised Obama to hit pause on the reset button with Russia, which he initiated at the beginning of his administration. 

“Don’t appear too eager to work together. Don’t flatter Putin with high-level attention. Strength and resolve were the only language Putin would understand," Clinton said. 

Obama first ignored her advice to decline an invitation from Putin to attend a presidential-level summit in Moscow, Clinton said. The president eventually agreed with her, when Russia granted Edward Snowden temporary asylum last summer, she added.

The Ukraine-Russia crisis this year and Putin’s annexation of Crimea is the “latest reminder of Putin’s long-standing aims,” Clinton wrote.

Putin recently criticized Clinton about her demeanor as secretary of State.

"It’s better not to argue with women,” he said. “But Ms. Clinton has never been too graceful in her statements. Still, we always met afterwards and had cordial conversations at various international events.”