In the years of the cold war Russia considered the USA to be the “main adversary.” In remarks Monday following the accidental open microphone conversation between Presidents Obama and Medvedev, candidate Mitt Romney told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer in an interview that Russia is “without question our No. 1 geopolitical foe” citing his belief that Russia “fights every cause for the world’s worst actors.”
For both presidents the hot-mic comments by President Barack Obama at the international nuclear summit in Seoul was embarrassing as Mr. Obama was overheard telling Russian president Dmitry Medvedev that he would have more flexibility in arms-control negotiations after the U.S. presidential election in November.
Romney used the occasion to accuse Obama of hiding future concessions once the US presidential election is over in November. Since Monday many political figures have said that the Obama administration has been too soft on Russia.
Russian President Medvedev ridiculed the statement by saying, “It smells of Hollywood. Candidates for the U.S. presidency should use reason when they make such statements.”
A close Medvedev associate, Alexander Sokolov, who heads Russia’s Public Chamber’s international affairs working group said, “Republicans have decided to play the Marlboro man in how they position themselves on the international stage.”