Russian President Dmitry Medvedev took Republican hopeful Mitt Romney to task over his comments calling Russia “without question” the “number one geopolitical foe” of America, saying he should watch what he says. “Regarding ideological clichés, every time this or that side uses phrases like ‘enemy number one’, this always alarms me, this smells of Hollywood and certain times (of the past),” Medvedev sniped.
“I would recommend all U.S. presidential candidates … to do two things,” Medvedev added sharply. “First, when phrasing their position one needs to use one’s head, one’s good reason, which would not do harm to a presidential candidate. Also, (one needs to) look at his watch: we are in 2012 and not the mid-1970s.”
Romney told Wolf Blitzer he was seriously concerned over President Obama’s promise to be flexible with Russia on matters like missile defense. “It is alarming, it is troubling,” Romney exclaimed. “The agreement that the President put in place with regards to nuclear weapons is one which I find very, very troubling already. The decision to withdraw our missile defense sites from Poland put us in greater jeopardy, in my view. The actions he’s taken so far — which he says are to reset relations with Russia — have not worked out at all. Russia continues to support Syria, supports Iran, has fought us with the crippling sanctions we wanted to have the world put in place against Iran. Russia is not a friendly character in the world stage, and for this President to be looking for greater flexibility, where he doesn’t have to answer to the American people in his relations with Russia, is very, very troubling, very alarming. I am very, very concerned.”
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