Photo: Former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates
CBS: Former Defense Secretary: Next president must "lay down a line" with Russia
Whoever wins in November will face a world of trouble on day one of the presidency. Margaret Brennan spoke with former Defense Secretary Robert Gates about one of the biggest challenges -- America's strained relations with Russia.
ROBERT GATES: I think Putin is one of these leaders who will push forward as long as there's no significant resistance. But he's not suicidal, he's not delusional, he's not crazy. He's a very calculating person who is playing a very poor hand with great skill.
MARGARET BRENNAN: Is Putin gaining influence?
GATES: I think that Putin certainly has reasserted Russia's role. You know, we basically excluded them from the Middle East in the early 1970's and they've had no real influence or presence there ever since, until the intervention in Syria. Now it's pretty clear that any negotiation on Syria, if there ever is one, Russia will be at the table.
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WNU editor: "Lay down a line" or what .... this type of rhetoric is not going to be helpful if one wants to lower tensions with Russia.