Time: 11:47 p.m CEST Update: 1:35 a.m. CEST
President Barack Obama concluded probably his last international news conference at the Asian-Pacific Economy Cooperation summit in Lima, Peru, where he tried to reaffirm the support of Asian nations to the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Obama shortly talked at the news conference on TTP, but stressed that other nations, which signed and supported the trade deal and want to move further with US on the deal.
But, TTP, one of the trading policies of Obama administration waits for the Congress approval and faces probably uncertain future with the incoming administration of the President-elect Donald Trump and new Congress.
Aside the economy and trade issues, President Barack Obama talked for four minutes with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Obama, answering to the questions of the White House correspondents said they “talked briefly, in between sessions.” Obama indicated to Putin that, “we are still deeply concern about bloodshed and chaos that has been sought by constant bombing, attacks by Assad and the Russian military, against population in Aleppo.”
Without giving more optimistic prospects for solving the Syria issue, Obama said that it is hard to see way in which even trained and committed moderate opposition “could hold its round for the long period of time.”
“I have wrestle for five period, we don’t have option for the military operation there,” Obama explained. But, the President Obama explained that he and his administration, including Secretary of State John Kerry would work until the last days for achieving “transition of some sort.”
Obama talked about the need of the humanitarian ceasefire, but said that takes not only two, but six to tango. “We are just not getting help of those sides that are helping Assad; destroying his country turning to rubble, have the option to peacefully engage into transition. That is not the mentality we support,” Obama explained.
Ukraine was another issue in the brief conversation before the start of APEC countries meeting. “I talk to him about Ukraine and the need for us to get the Minsk done.” Obama urged Putin to “instruct his negotiators to work with ourselves, with France, with Germany and Ukraine to see if we get done before my term is up.”
Obama was candid when said he did not with Putin about the elections in the United States. “The issue of the elections did not come up, because that is behind us and I spoke in this brief discussion on moving forward,” Obama said. But, he did talked about U.S. concerns on the “cyber attacks generally, as well the specific concerns that we have surrounding the DNC hack.”
Obama reflected before the end of the news conference for the main reflection and main advice to the incoming president. “I said that as somebody who has gone out of his way to express respect for every country and its people and consistently acknowledge that many of the challenges we face are not challenges America can solve on its own,” Obama said.
But, he also pointed out that “the notion of democracy, rule of law, free press, independent judiciary, and open markets, and social warfare state to moderate some of the sharp edges of capitalism,” shape since the World War II and after Cold War, not only the United States, but also other countries in the world.