PRESIDENT PUTIN hardened his position on Syria, while taking aim at Mitt Romney’s claim that Russia is “without question our No. 1 geopolitical foe.” It’s then that he weighed in on the 2012 election in America.
Putin took aim at Obama’s Republican rival Mitt Romney, calling his criticism of Russia “mistaken” campaign rhetoric and suggesting a Romney presidency would widen the rift over the anti-missile shield the United States is deploying in Europe. [Reuters]
Russia’s suspicions that the shield is aimed to weaken it would only deepen if Romney were elected and pushed ahead with it because the Republican “considers us enemy No.1″, Putin said.
Romney once called Russia “without question our No. 1 geopolitical foe”, and has promised “less flexibility and more backbone” in policy on Russia if he wins the Nov. 6 election.
“As for Mr. Romney’s position, we understand that it is in part…campaign rhetoric, but I think it is, of course, without a doubt mistaken,” Putin said.
“Because to conduct oneself like that in the international arena is the same as using the instruments of nationalism and segregation in the domestic politics of your own country.”