That's the new claim being touted by US President Barack Obama according to a video posted to CNBC. The video was actually of Obama's last press conference as President of the United States, whereas, he used the opportunity to attack Putin subtly.
In terms of Russia 's economy, it doesn't produce anything that anybody wants to buy," except oil, gas and arms. The only way Russia can affect the U.S., he said, is "if we lose track of who we are" and "abandon our values."
"Mr. Putin can weaken us just like he's trying to weaken Europe if we start buying into notions that it's OK to intimidate the press, or lock up dissidents or discriminate against people," he said.