Russia's State Duma: Cold War atmosphere in store for Russia-U.S. relations if Romney wins
Mitt Romney's victory in the U.S. presidential election would undermine Russia-U.S. relations, State Duma international affairs committee head Alexei Pushkov said in an interview with Russia Today on Friday.
"If Romney is elected for president, realization of this fact will take time - six months or, probably, a year. That would be the year of farce, Cold War atmosphere and pompous critique. Anyway, our relations will be dented," he said.
Asked which candidate Moscow would prefer to win the U.S. presidential race, Pushkov said that the election program of Romney set a particular tone and "momentarily scattered our doubts with his description of Russia as No. 1 geopolitical adversary of the U.S."
Moscow would not want a U.S. president hostile to Russia, he said. "Naturally, we would not want a person who feels negative about Russia to be the president. I mean the person who promises to give more backbone to President Putin, who refuses to make concessions with regard to missile defense and who is generally anti-Russian," Pushkov noted.
"Barack Obama has a good relationship with Dmitry Medvedev and Vladimir Putin. Naturally, there are certain difficulties and certain disagreements. But Russia and the United States may call each other partners in spite of certain differences in their standpoints," he said.
If Romney wins the election,"we will have to deem ourselves as enemies," Pushkov said.
"Absolutely, we would prefer to remain partners with numerous disagreements rather than open enemies. In my opinion, Russia's choice in the upcoming election is obvious," the State Duma committee head said.