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Medvedev rips Romney for calling Russia top ‘geopolitical foe’

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev took aim at Mitt Romney on Tuesday, telling the GOP frontrunner to “look at his watch,” and dismissing his comments that Russia was an enemy of the United States.

“We are in 2012 and not the mid-1970s,” Medvedev said Tuesday, on the last day of a nuclear security summit in Asia.

{mosads}His comment came a day after Romney called Russia the United States’ “No. 1 geopolitical foe.”

Medvedev said Romney’s comments smacked of Hollywood machismo.

“Regarding ideological cliches, every time this or that side uses phrases like ‘enemy No. 1,’ this always alarms me, this smells of Hollywood and certain times [in the past],” he said. “I would recommend all U.S. presidential candidates … to do two things. First, when phrasing their position one needs to use one’s head, one’s good reason, which would not do harm to a presidential candidate.”

Romney made the comments after a hot mic picked up a private conversation between Medvedev and President Obama. During the conversation, Obama asked his Russian counterpart for “space” and “flexibility” on the missile defense issue until after November’s election.

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