CIA Director John Brennan declined to call Russia an enemy in an interview Saturday with Fusion’s Jorge Ramos, despite the fact that the U.S has imposed sanctions on Russian officials, and the on-going disagreements between the two countries over the developing conflict in eastern Ukraine and Russia’s annexation of Crimea.
“It is a country that has tremendous influence, particularly in its part of the world,” said Brennan, who visited Ukraine last month. “What’s going on in Ukraine right now is something that needs to be addressed. Clearly, what we want to see happen is for the Ukrainian people to have their ability to define their future, free from outside interference and harm.”
President Obama has condemned Russia’s actions officials, but has also refused to label the country an enemy.