(NBCNEWS) — 2012 Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney charged Sunday that both President Barack Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton had bungled the handling of U.S. relations with Russia.
With Russian forces poised on the border of Ukraine and with Russia having already annexed the Crimea, Romney said “the president’s naïveté with regards to Russia and his faulty judgment about Russia’s intentions and objectives has led to a number of foreign policy challenges that we face. Unfortunately, not having anticipated Russia’s intentions, the president wasn’t able to shape the kinds of events that may have been able to prevent” the Russian seizure of Crimea and the threat to eastern Ukraine.
In an interview on CBS’s Face the Nation, Romney said “we really need to understand that Russia has very different interests than ours. This is not fantasy land; this is reality.”
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