MOSCOW, Aug. 31 (UPI) -- A spokesman for Russian President Vladimir Putin suggested Friday GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney is playing politics with the U.S.-Russian relationship.
Dmitry Peskov cited remarks Romney made in his speech Thursday night accepting the presidential nomination at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., RIA Novosti reported.
"Under my administration our friends will see more loyalty and Mr. Putin will see a little less flexibility and more backbone," Romney said, accusing Obama of missteps in foreign policy.
Putin has said over and over that he wants to develop the relationship, Peskov said.
"During official meetings, both Moscow and Washington have on different levels expressed their understanding that it is inadmissible for the bilateral ties to fall victim to pre-election debates," Peskov said.