Tue Jan 10, 2017 11:15AM
US President Barack Obama meets with President-elect Donald Trump in the Oval Office at the White House on November 10, 2016 in Washington, DC. (Photo by AFP)
US President Barack Obama meets with President-elect Donald Trump in the Oval Office at the White House on November 10, 2016 in Washington, DC. (Photo by AFP)

Tensions have lately escalated between the United States and Russia lately. In the latest sign of soured ties, Washington has blacklisted several Russian officials over alleged human rights violations. The sanctions, targeting five individuals, include visa bans and asset freezes.

Talking to Press TV, Mike Billington, with the Executive Intelligence Review, said that the new US sanctions against Russia are somehow a kind of last-ditch effort by President Barack Obama to ruin president-elect Donald Trump’s chances of making peace with Moscow.

“You have to acknowledge that this man [Obama] has gone to a psychotic state. He has few days left of his administration. He knows full well that Trump has exposed his lies about Russia … so what Obama is doing is using his last days to try to frantically undermine any chance that Trump has to bring peace both with Russia and China,” the commentator stated.

Obama has not only imposed these “insane” sanctions on Russia, but also has deployed a massive number of tanks and helicopters on the Russian border in an open provocation, Billington continued, also pointing out to the deployment of Carl Vinson aircraft carrier strike group to China which will arrive precisely on the day Trump will be inaugurated as president.

Asked about whether or not he thinks these measures can be reversed by Trump, he replied, “I don't think any of it is irreversible. I think the danger is that they are creating a crisis which may explode literally in the next 10 days between now and the inauguration date.”

"It's reversible but we're dealing here with a severe threat coming from the British and the remnants of this Bush-Obama network in the United States of trying to provoke some sort of a global crisis," Billington noted.

The sanctions by the US Treasury Department come after Washington expelled 35 Russian diplomats last month over Russia’s alleged attempts to influence the November 8 presidential election in favor of Trump and against his opponent, Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton.

Moscow has dismissed the allegations as false and unsubstantiated.