MOSCOW (AP) — President Vladimir Putin says Russia can work with Mitt Romney if he's elected U.S. president, even though Romney has called Russia the United States' "No. 1 geopolitical foe."
In an interview broadcast Thursday by the Kremlin-funded Russia Today TV channel, Putin spoke directly about the Republican challenger to President Barack Obama.
"We'll work with whichever president is elected by the American people. But our effort will be only as efficient as our partners will want it to be," Putin said.
Putin expressed concern about how a Romney presidency would affect the long-running dispute over U.S.-led NATO plans to place elements of a missile-defense system in Europe. Russia contends the system could undermine its own defenses.