Russians meddled in elections and will again, retired diplomat tells KMBZ

Patrick Moon served as Ambassador to Bosnia and Herzegovina

Bill Grady
April 03, 2018 - 5:16 am

A retired diplomat to Eastern Europe says it may be a while before the U.S. can play nice with Russia. 

Patrick Moon served as ambassador to Bosnia and Herzegovina during the Obama administration. He is in the Kansas City area to speak at Fort Leavenworth and Park University. 

While keeping an eye on the Mueller special investigation, Ambassador Moon said Russian meddling in elections did not just happen here, but in Europe, too. Ambassador Moon hopes for a peaceful solution in the tensions between the U.S. and Russia, but he doesn't expect Russian President Vladimir Putin to cease his aggressive posturing.

"Putin and his chronies control the media in Russia," Moon said. "They know how to twist and turn things, they know how to lie."

Moon said if diplomacy is to succeed, Russia will have end illegal operations like the recent attempted poisoning murder of a former spy at his home in England.

"Taking these steps, like assassinating people in the U.K., that makes it difficult for countries to engage with them, and try to bring some sort of stability back to the relationship," Moon said.

Moon said the Russians conducted affective disinformation campaigns in social media in the U.S. and Europe, and he expects them to continue those types of operations in the future.

Originally from Oklahoma City, Ambassador Moon graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy in 1972, and served in the militay for six years. He entered the Foreign Service in 1979, beginning a career in which he served in places like Afghanistan, Austria, Zair and Lebanon.

He served as Ambassador to Bosnia and Herzegovina from 2010 to 2013.

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