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Obama's Microphone Gaffe During Talks with Russia
28.03.2012 12:16
Obama's Microphone Gaffe During Talks with Russia

On Monday, during a conversation between American President Barak Obama and Russian Dmitry Medvedev, Obama was overheard while asking his colleague for "space" for the US.

      The meeting of the presidents was held within a global nuclear security summit in South Korea. By accident, the microphones were turned on too early, so the US president was captured telling Medvedev that he would have "more flexibility" in negotiations over contentious plans for a missile shield in Europe after the 2012 presidential election.

      “This is my last election. After my election I have more flexibility," the exact Obama's quote. "On all these issues, but particularly missile defense, this, this can be solved but it's important for him to give me space...", Obama also says.

       Earlier, the US planned to build a missile defense system in Europe to neutralize potential attacks from Iran. And Russia always strongly opposed these plans expressing fears that the US will use the system against Russia and so violate Russian sovereignty. 

      “Yeah, I understand. I understand your message about space. Space for you... I will transmit this information to Vladimir,” Medvedev responded, most likely referring to the soon to be Russian President Vladimir Putin. Neither Medvedev nor Obama intended for the comments to be made public.

      The reaction of Republicans was immediate. They accused Obama in secret plans to give concessions to Moscow if he were returned to the White House for a second term. Mitt Romney, the Republican presidential front-runner, described the comments as a "revealing and unguarded moment". He also called Russia America’s “number one geopolitical foe”. 



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Author: Julia Alieva

Tags: Russian politics scandal Russia-USA   

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