Dmitry Medvedev blasted Obama in a Facebook post
Dmitry Medvedev blasted the outgoing US President in a Facebook post just hours before Donald Trump is set to be inaugurated.
Medvedev – who also served as Russian president between 2008 to 2012 – wrote: “The Obama administration has destroyed relations between the United States and Russia, which are at their lowest point in decades.
Dmitry Medvedev said relations had worsened between the US and Russia under Obama
The Obama administration was completely short-sighted on such an important and complex issue as relations with Russia
"This is its key foreign policy mistake which will be remembered by history.”
The former Kremlin leader went on to attack Obama’s second term in office, claiming he overlooked important issues during his latter years as President.
Medvedev said: “The Obama administration was completely short-sighted on such an important and complex issue as relations with Russia.
U.S. Presidential Inaugurations past
Mon, January 16, 2017
From James Buchanan sworn into power in 1857 to Barack Obama in 2013, we look at historical inaugurations of the President of the United States since the 1950s.
Get Quotes on Home Insurance
1 of 14
"It is important to remember that Russia-US relations, without exaggeration, determine the fate of major international initiatives.
“We must be aware of our common responsibility. This is something that the Obama administration failed to do.”
The Russian did praise the international cooperation between the Cold War enemies in their mutual efforts for pushing through the Iranian nuclear deal and elimination of chemical weapons in Syria.
Medvedev noted that the success in these areas remain “important for the world”.
Medvedev's message comes just hours before Trump's inauguration
He concluded his message with a hopeful message that relations could be restored under a Trump administration.
Medvedev added: “We do not know yet how the new US administration will approach relations with our country. But we are hoping that reason will prevail.
“And we are ready to do our share of the work in order to improve the relationship.”