He didn't have the courage to be honest and publically say, "this is terrible right now but I sincerely believe it is a necessary step towards a brighter future and therefore worth enduring, however unfortunate that will be". Instead of doing that, openly and honestly, he said what he thought people wanted to hear in public while saying what he really believes they should do in private. There's a word for that: hypocrisy.
No, this is not hypocrisy. It is being smart. If you come out and say that you think the sanctions are a good thing you get kicked out of power by the tyrant. Your family gets harassed, imprisoned and possibly killed. This man was doing his darndest to change a horrible situation in a non-violent manner and he gets undercut by poor data protection measures by the US, and an egomaniac who has an axe to grind against the US.