According to media reports, the rivals in the American presidential election, Obama and Romney, held the last TV debate on October 22, the topic of which was the American foreign policy. During this debate, the conversation only slightly touched Russia, without detailed discussion of the results of Obama's "reset" in relations with Putin's Russia that started four years ago.
American media report:
"Mr. Obama ridiculed Mr. Romney for saying that Putin's Russia was America's No. 1 geopolitical foe.
"Gov. Romney, I'm glad that you recognize that al-Qaeda is a threat, because a few months ago when you were asked what's the biggest geopolitical threat facing America, you said Russia, not al-Qaida. You said Russia ... the 1980s, they're now calling to ask for their foreign policy back", he said.
(It is to be recalled that the Al-Qaeda in American political slang is a politcorrect euphemism for the word Islam - KC).
Mr. Romney distinguished a "geopolitical" rival from a more pressing national security threat like Iran, but said he would not be naive about Moscow.
"I'm not going to wear rose-colored glasses when it comes to Russia or Mr. Putin", he said. Mr. Romney said Mr. Putin would not see more "flexibility" after the election.
Romney was referring to the scandal at a summit in Seoul, where without knowing that a microphone was turned on, Obama told Medvedev that after the election, he would have more room for maneuver on the issue of missile defense. Then the Republicans accused Obama of concealing his position from the public and retreat from the principles of protecting American security.
Department of Monitoring