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He very clearly violated the law.
In disclosing classified information.
As a citizen charged in this country will be afforded all of the many rights.
Given to defendants in our country.
In our system of justice.
When he returns.
When he returns that was white house Press Secretary Jay Carney showing some frustration over -- -- snowed in now on the run for more than 65 days.
31 and then spent in a Moscow airport his status is still unclear which is certainly creating more tension.
Between the United States and Russia and it's been a rough road over the last year is take a look at this you have Russia cracking down on human rights organizations and NGOs.
Not to mention taking out an alleged US spy calling it a return to that the Cold War for the country's.
Rush is also undermining our efforts in Syria supporting that aside regime that America wants -- remove.
And now we're getting reports today that Russia will be engaging with Iran.
On its nuclear program in eighty could in his -- way today Iran in the next few weeks.
I joining us now -- -- former deputy assistant to the vice president for national security affairs.
Is currently the CEO and DC international advisories to -- a long list there but let's start with the trip potentially.
-- -- -- We're getting reports out of Iran and Russia that this is happening.
And this would happen after the -- nation in the new president in Iran and deal specifically with the nuclear program what is Russia -- you.
Well Russia has played an enabling role for many many years.
-- and Iran's pursuit of nuclear capabilities they would say it's.
For energy and four dealing with -- spent fuel and other considerations.
But really they have operated as a shield on sanctions -- an advocate.
For Iran and its international exposure.
So this visit -- has not been a frequent visitor to Iran 2007 I believe is his last time there is not a surprise in that Russia.
Does have a close strategic relationship with -- Iran has a lot going on the Middle East related to that as you mentioned in Syria.
When we do that fat.
Well our options are somewhat limited President Obama doesn't have close -- -- -- with Vladimir couldn't couldn't is probably one of the toughest leaders.
That he has to engage personally and in terms of the sense of power prove he's been there.
Really in charge since 2000.
The end we haven't exactly been effective in trying he's influence over Russia.
In recent years I think we have to be firm about what our interest -- our strategy is.
But really at this point the administration needs to be clear what its own strategy is towards dealing with Iran Russia will push ahead and fill that void if we don't have a clear message.
Speaking of influence there happens a lot of questions raised as of late about Russia and its economy.
And -- say is did you know dependent on -- -- if you economic ways one is that we import I believe a 119 billion dollars in goods from Russia.
She retake Ted -- an economic sanctions of our -- we talk about that with Iran we talk about that in the Middle East but what about engaging with -- -- -- -- what about getting tougher.
Well I think we need to treat them as a normal nation which is when we have interest.
In conflict and they rise to a level of a serious national priority -- all those things need to be in play.
We've had a great difficulty in dealing with Russia and China over the last generation sometimes treating them as special or unusual.
And then -- little bit shy about using power we've done it more with Russia -- went down with China but absolutely economic tools need to be in play.
Now we also be mindful that there will be those in our country mistaken that economic relationship that don't -- bear a disproportionate amount of pain.
And need to believe it will be done for some good that's where leadership is really important from the White House.
What is our goal when it comes to Russia what do we know if it is in the best case -- what are we want from that.
I think in the best case scenario -- would want to have a clear strategy for what we're trying to do in the broader Middle East.
And go to -- and say we understand you have interest and long -- behaviors.
That are odds with our interest in these areas and this is where were willing to have.
Some give and take in order to get the big the greatest good for the greatest number.
In the region and for our own interest you have to have some sense of an agenda what you're able to sacrifice and accommodate.
But absent a clear vision for where we're going in that region it's very difficult to say how we can better handle this.
Let's talk about their vision when -- can see United States what is Russia's intention but is their agenda when it comes in America wouldn't they want from us really.
I think it's a little bit clearer I think they want respect they want to be able to.
Expand their power to a degree prudent and those around him see a revival of Russian nationalism is a good and healthy thing.
Would like to return a little bit more to there that influence the Soviet Union had.
Absent some of those problems.
Their economic vitality at home is important -- that.
But they seem to be flexing their muscle and trying to push their economic and military interest across the broader mentally.
And on that -- parties think they're willing to go because we've seen these meetings in Syria we see them giving arms to different groups in Syria that we don't want to have arms quite frankly.
But but how far are they gonna push this.
I think that absent any serious push back on our part they'll keep going ahead I don't think they want.
Direct conflict with the United States I don't think they want an expansive regional war but I think short of that they're willing to risk a great deal and pushed the envelope.
Until we give signals that we and our allies are able to push back.
And that's the question about whether or not are returning to sort of a second Cold War if you will -- even a topic and then another day but we appreciate your time as always thank you.
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