US presidential candidate Mitt Romney has branded Russia as America’s
number one geopolitical enemy. He slammed President Obama’s comments to
Russian counterpart Dmitry Medvedev over flexibility concerning US
missile defense as alarming and worrying.
"This is without question our number one geopolitical foe; they
fight for every cause for the world's worst actors. The idea that he has
more flexibility in mind for Russia is very, very troubling indeed," he saidThe
presidential hopeful cited this case, along with the new START treaty
and the decision to reduce missile defense sites in Poland and Alaska,
as “unfortunate developments.”
While saying that the greatest current threat to the world is a “nuclear Iran,” he lambasted Russia for consistently “standing up for the world’s worst actors,” referencing the Russian veto of the Security Council resolutions on Syria.
idea that our president is planning to do something with them [Russia]
that he’s not willing to tell the American people is something I find
very alarming,” Romney stressed.
Romney appeared on CNN
to comment on President Obama’s off-the-record moment with Medvedev
during the international nuclear summit in South Korea. Obama was caught
on camera saying that he would have more “flexibility” on thorny issues such as missile defense following the November elections.Medvedev said he would pass the message on to President elect Vladimir Putin.
addressed the wave of republican criticism following his statements on
Monday, saying that he had no secret agenda with Russia and he was not
trying “to hide the ball.”Washington released a
statement in an effort to underplay Obama’s words. The Whitehouse said
the fact that both countries were going through elections this year
meant a “breakthrough” in negotiations on the matter was not going to happen.The
US president then echoed this statement to the press during a break in
the summit in Seoul on Tuesday, describing the current political climate
as “not conducive” to these kinds of negotiations.The
planned US missile defense shield for Europe has been a major stumbling
block for Russian-NATO relations. The US maintain that the shield will
only be used for targets outside of Europe, while Russia says there is
no guarantee the facility could not be turned against them.
his meeting with his US counterpart, President Medvedev described the
last three years of US-Russian relations as the most productive ever.http://rt.com/news/romney-russia-enemy-obama-532/
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