President Obama Says Russia is Not Top Geopolitical Foe

By NBCNews.com

Published 03/25 2014 02:25PM

Updated 03/25 2014 02:27PM

President Barack Obama says that Russia is a "regional power," rather than the top geopolitical enemy of the United States.

Asked whether he had reassessed former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney's assertion that Russia is "America's number one geopolitical foe," Obama called Russia a "regional power that is threatening some of its immediate neighbors -- not out of strength but out of weakness."

"Russia's actions are a problem," he said at a joint press conference at the Hague with Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte. "They don’t pose the number one national security threat to the United States. I continue to be much more concerned when it comes to our security with the prospect of a nuclear weapon going off in Manhattan."

Obama said Russia's move to annex Crimea lays bare its failure to portray strength to the international community.

read more: http://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/ukraine-crisis/obama-russia-regional-power-not-top-geopolitical-foe-n61601

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