Romney slams Obama after his dialogue with Medvedev
Barack Obama`s rivals for the White House have pounced on controversial comments he thought he had made in private to the Russian President Dmitry Medvedev.
The US President was overheard on an open microphone telling Mr Medvedev that he could be more flexible in negotiations on the issue of missile defense if he is re-elected in November.
He said: `This is my last election. After my election I have more flexibility.`
The exchange happened on the sidelines of a nuclear security summit in South Korea and Mr Medvedev is heard to respond positively in English.
He said: `I understand. I will transmit this information to Vladimir.`
The President`s comments triggered criticism from Republicans at home, including White House frontrunner Mitt Romney who called them `an alarming and troubling development`.
`This has put us in greater jeopardy in my view. The actions he`s taken so far, which he says should reset relations with Russia, have not worked out at all. Russia continues to support Syria, supports Iran. Russia is not a friendly character on world stage and for this president, he`ll be looking for greater flexibility, or he does not have to answer to American people, in this relations with Russia is very very troubling, very alarming,` Romney said.
`President Obama signaled that he`s going to cave to Russia on missile defence but the American people have a right to know where else he plans to be `flexible` in a second term,` he said.