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Romney Blasted in Moscow for Calling Russia ‘Our No. 1 Geopolitical Foe’
Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney speaks during a visit to a medical device company in San Diego, Calif. on Monday, March 26, 2012. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
(CNSNews.com) – Mitt Romney’s criticism of Russia following President Obama’s “open mike” moment with his Russian counterpart has drawn a harsh response in Moscow.
The Republican presidential hopeful is being labeled a neo-conservative stooge, an out-of-touch politician stuck in a Cold War mindset – even a manifestation of the “Marlboro Man.”
In a CNN interview Monday, Romney called Russia “our number one geopolitical foe,” citing its support for “the world’s worst actors,” such as Syria and Iran.
The former Massachusetts governor was reacting to Obama’s unintentionally public assurance to President Dmitry Medvedev during a meeting in South Korea that he would have “more flexibility” after his presumed November re-election to deal with a long running dispute with the Russians over missile defense plans in Europe.
“The idea that our president is planning on doing something with them that he’s not willing to tell the American people before the election is something I find very, very alarming,” Romney said.
Medvedev told reporters in Seoul that Romney was invoking “Hollywood” stereotypes. Anyone running for the presidency should “use their heads and consult their reason,” Russia’s state-owned RIA Novosti news agency quoted him as saying.
The outgoing Russian leader, who will be succeeded by Vladimir Putin in early May, also advised Romney to “check his watch – it’s 2012, not the middle of the 1970s.”
U.S. President Barack Obama, left, and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev chat during a bilateral meeting at the Nuclear Security Summit in Seoul, South Korea, Monday, March, 26, 2012. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
Back in Moscow, Romney’s reported comments made headlines and prompted strong reactions, with a report in the Moscow Times musing that the words constituted “perhaps the most hostile remark by a major U.S. politician since President Ronald Reagan’s ‘evil empire’ speech.” [more]
Moscow is taking neo-cons very seriously now. Here is a KGB propaganda movie in the best traditions of a Communist and Nazi propaganda (in Russian):