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Obama to Trump: Stand Up to Russia

Standing alongside German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin on Thursday, President Obama said he hopes President-elect Donald Trump will “stand up” to Russia when they “are deviating from our values and international norms.” Trump has been accused of cozying up to Russian President Vladimir Putin and embracing a more favorable view of the country. Obama said he hopes Trump will also seek out areas of cooperation with Russia “where our values and interests align.” He said he has “sought a constructive relationship with Russia” throughout his presidency, but has also pointed out “significant differences” in how the two countries view the world.