Thu Dec 29, 2016 08:37AM
This file photo shows Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) meeting with US President Barack Obama
This file photo shows Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) meeting with US President Barack Obama
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The administration of US President Barack Obama is set to announce measures designed to retaliate against what Washington considers Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election in favor of New York billionaire Donald Trump.

Moscow has vowed retaliation if Washington issues further economic sanctions over alleged Russian cyber-attacks during the US elections.

Bill Jones, member of the Executive Intelligence Review, believes President Obama is trying to do as much damage as he can in his remaining time in office, adding that his effort to sanction can push the US to the brink of war.

“I think they [the Russians] have a certain strategic patience with regard to this president who is now going off the deep end. He has less than a month to go. His policy lies in shambles, lies in ruins. His policies in Syria have been totally overthrown and he is going to try and do as much damage as possible in the three weeks or so remaining to him, including with regard to Russia,” the analyst told Press TV in an interview on Thursday.

He also stated Russian leaders realize that this is a “desperate move” by a “hopeless man” who is facing his ultimate failure as a president.

However, the analyst predicted that US sanctions on Russia in all likelihood will be lifted after President-elect Donald Trump takes office on January 20 and there may be a “change of policy” with regard to Moscow.

Jones further noted the Democrats are using Russian President Vladimir Putin as a “pretext” to justify the significant defeat of their presidential nominee Hillary Clinton by an outsider without any political experience.

“So they [Democrats] have to have a pretext for their own mistakes. They do not want to look at what they have done to lose the support of the great majority of the population through the policies that Obama has imposed for the last eight years,” he said.