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Romney says no "flexibility" with Russia on missle shield

2012-10-10 06:56:15 GMT2012-10-10 14:56:15(Beijing Time)  SINA.com

By Mei Jingya, Sina English

Mitt Romney delivered a foreign policy speech at Virginia Military Institute (VMI) in Lexington, Va., Monday, citing his specific policy differences with the Obama administration.

During his address, Romney forswore any "flexibility with Vladimir Putin" in deploying an anti-missile defense system in Europe.

“I will implement effective missile defenses to protect against threats. And on this, there will be no flexibility with Vladimir Putin. And I will call on our NATO allies to keep the greatest military alliance in history strong by honoring their commitment to each devote 2 percent of their GDP to security spending,” said Romney.

American analysts said Romney’s “flexibility” remark was a dig at Obama, who was being accused of cuddling with Russia after being caught by an open mic telling then-Russian President Dmitri A. Medvedev that he would be freer to address Russia's concerns about the system after being reelected.

New York Times said Mr. Romney is attempting to burnish national security credentials by throwing money at the Pentagon and adopting the Cold War “peace through strength” slogan of Ronald Reagan.

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