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Putin: I'm 'grateful' to Romney for proving me right about missile defense

Putin said yesterday that Romney's latest comments about Russia as the US's 'geopolitical foe' validate the Kremlin's resistance to American plans for a missile defense system in Europe.


In this photo taken on Tuesday, Russian President Vladimir Putin (c.) and Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic, back to camera, have a news conference after their meeting in the Bocharov Ruchei residence in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, Russia.

Alexei Druzhinin, Presidential Press Service, RIA-Novosti/AP

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President Vladimir Putin has lashed back at Mitt Romney's repetitious portrayal of Russia as the US's "geopolitical foe," saying he's grateful to the Republican contender for making it clear that Moscow would be unwise to trust any future verbal commitments made by any US leader.

Mr. Putin was referring to the strategic deadlock between Russia and the US over European missile defense, a problem President Barack Obama had asked him to stop talking about – in an embarrassing open mic conversation caught during a conversation in Seoul last March – until after the November US election.


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