Next U.S. president must combat Russian aggression

NEW YORK — Regardless of who wins this November, the next U.S. president should stand united with Europe against Russian aggression, including Moscow’s interference in other countries’ elections, Latvia’s foreign minister said Monday.

Edgars Rinkēvičs’ comments to POLITICO come as Americans face two stark choices in the White House race: Republican Donald Trump, who has spoken in friendly terms of Russian President Vladimir Putin, and Democrat Hillary Clinton, who has pledged to get tough on the Kremlin.

In an interview on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly in New York, Rinkēvičs steadfastly declined to say who he’d prefer win the upcoming election — “The choice of the American people will be made this November,” he said. “Whatever that choice is it must be respected.”

But he emphasized that U.S. willingness to join Europe in standing up to Russia in recent years through sanctions and other means was a policy that should continue.

“We should understand the kind of values we all share across both sides of the Atlantic are under attack from many actors” including “countries that really want to challenge the current state of the world, the revisionist countries,” Rinkēvičs said.


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