In Poland, Romney Chides Russia
U.S. presidential candidate Mitt Romney has held up Poland’s transition from communism to democracy as an example for the rest of the world while saying Russia had faltered on the path to freedom.
“Unfortunately, there are parts of the world today where the desire to be free is met with brutal oppression,” Romney said in a speech in the library of Warsaw University, listing Belarus, the Syrian leadership, and Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez.
“And in Russia, once-promising advances toward a free and open society have faltered,” he said.
Romney’s comments will resonate in Poland, which has a history of occupation by Moscow and has looked to the United States as a friendly counterweight to the Kremlin’s influence.
Romney has previously said that Russia is “without question our No. 1 geopolitical foe.”
The Moscow Times