U.S.-Russia relations haven’t changed, national security adviser H.R. McMaster said Sunday, and Russia’s behavior needs to change before their dynamic can improve.
“I don’t think they’ve gotten really either better or worse,” McMaster said during an interview on “Fox News Sunday” when asked about the U.S. relationship with Russia.
“The Russian behaviors we’ve seen: the annexation of Crimea, the invasion of Ukraine, the support for this murderous regime in Syria and now arming the Taliban. These are all things that’s clearly cut against Russian interests.”
McMaster said Russian President Vladimir Putin is acting against the interests of the Russian people “kind of just reflexively.”
“And so, can we shift the relationship such that there is room for cooperation in key areas where interests overlap? … You don’t see that now.”
McMaster also said the Trump administration needs to see changes “in behavior” from Putin.