Putin Applauds Obama Victory

Wednesday, November 7th, 2012 and is filed under Elections, Foreign Policy, News

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Russian leader Vladimir Putin sent President Obama a telegram congratulating him for winning a second term on Wednesday while the prime minister mocked Mitt Romney’s aggressive stance against the Kremlin.

“Overall the Kremlin welcomes the news of Barack Obama’s victory in the elections,” Putin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told the Interfax news agency. “We express hope that the positive beginnings in bilateral relations and in international cooperation between Russian and the United States, in the interest of international security, will develop and improve.”

And Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev took a dig at Romney, who famously called Russia America’s “Number 1 geopolitical foe” during the campaign.

“I am happy that the president of a very big, very influential state is not a man who considers Russia to be its enemy number one,” Medvedev said, according to Reuters. “That is ludicrous. It’s some kind of paranoia.”