Romney tough on Russia, at least on campaign trail

Associated Press
****** FOR MOVEMENT AFTER MIDNIGHT, SATURDAY, OCT. 20, 2012 ***** FILE - In this Oct. 8, 2012 file photo, Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney delivers a foreign policy speech at Virginia Military Institute (VMI) in Lexington, Va.  Mitt Romney calls Russia America's No. 1 foe and promises to stand up to Russian President Vladimir Putin.  But if he's elected president, Romney might find that he'll need Moscow's help.  Russia's role is critical in facilitating the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan. The United States also needs its cooperation on keeping nuclear materials away from terrorists and American adversaries, and preventing gridlock at the U.N. Security Council, where both countries have vetoes.  (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)
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****** FOR MOVEMENT AFTER MIDNIGHT, SATURDAY, OCT. 20, 2012 ***** FILE - In this Oct. 8, 2012 file photo, Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney delivers a foreign policy speech at Virginia Military Institute (VMI) in Lexington, Va. Mitt Romney calls Russia America's No. 1 foe and promises to stand up to Russian President Vladimir Putin. But if he's elected president, Romney might find that he'll need Moscow's help. Russia's role is critical in facilitating the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan. The United States also needs its cooperation on keeping nuclear materials away from terrorists and American adversaries, and preventing gridlock at the U.N. Security Council, where both countries have vetoes. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney calls Russia the No. 1 foe of the United States and promises to stand up to Russian President Vladimir Putin. But if he's elected president, Romney might find that he'll need Moscow's help.

Russia plays a critical role in facilitating the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan. The United States also needs its cooperation on keeping nuclear materials away from terrorists and American adversaries, and preventing gridlock at the U.N. Security Council, where both countries have vetoes.

While Romney has criticized President Barack Obama's policy for improving relations with Russia, he has not said what exactly he would do differently.

Given U.S. interests in a cooperative relationship with Russia, some analysts think Romney may have to tone down his rhetoric if wins the White House.

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