Despite the highest tensions between the U.S. and Russia in recent decades, a prominent Russian politician has commented that it would be better for Russia if Obama were the next President rather than Mitt Romney.
Alex Pushkov, chairman of the international affairs committee, stated that Obama would be an “acceptable” partner while drawing strong parallels between Romney and the previous Bush administration – red meat for the liberal wing of the Democrat party.
We don’t think that for us Romney will be an easy partner. We think that Romney will be, on the rhetorical side, a replay of the Bush administration.
In a recent media interview Pushkov stated that the “reset”, Obama’s prominent foreign policy accomplishment, “is stuck, basically. It needs another reset.”
The Russians have recently started facing off with the United States on almost every single foreign policy decision – Iran and Syria being the most visible.
Obama has ceded to the recently hardening lines from Russian leadership on almost every front. From missile defense in Poland to Russian attack helicopters for Syria. In a recent meeting, Obama was even criticized at home for having made his weak foreign policy position public over an open microphone as he begged the outgoing Russian President for flexibility from Putin during this election season.
As Russia and the U.S. have taken opposite sides of so many issues lately, it makes sense that the former communist nation would prefer to deal with a weak and begging leader rather than someone that may well take a harder line.