By Alicia M. Cohn - 03/26/12 08:49 PM EDT
Romney blasted the overheard conversation in a statement as a signal that Obama plans “to cave to Russia on missile defense” if he is reelected.
On CNN, Romney called Russia “without question our No. 1 geopolitical foe.” Asked to clarify, Romney explained that he believes the “greatest threat the U.S. faces is a nuclear Iran” but that Russia typically blocks U.S. efforts to block countries such as Syria at the United Nations.
“Who is it who always stands up for the world’s worst actors? It’s always Russia, typically with China alongside,” Romney said. “Russia is not a friendly character on the world stage.”