Bolton: Putin needs to change before relations with Russia can improve

Bolton: Putin needs to change before relations with Russia can improve

Former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton said Monday that Russian President Vladimir Putin will have to change for the relationship with Moscow to improve. 

“If these activities are going to stop, then I think we can see a different relationship,” Bolton told “Fox & Friends.”

Bolton referred to Russia’s 2014 annexation of Crimea and its growing influence in the Middle East. He also mentioned the United States intelligence community’s conclusion that Russia tried to interfere in the U.S. election.

“Vladimir Putin defines Russian foreign policy entirely on the basis of Russian national interest. And he has gotten away with a lot in the last eight years,” Bolton said.

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Bolton, who was reportedly under consideration to be President-elect Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpA better VA, with mental health services, is essential for America's veterans Pelosi, Nadler tangle on impeachment, contempt vote Trump arrives in Japan to kick off 4-day state visit MORE’s secretary of State, said last week that the Obama administration’s new sanctions against Russia are not enough.

Trump has signaled both in his campaign rhetoric and comments since winning the election that he is open to warmer relations with Russia.