Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney has made it clear he will not accept the results of the November election if they are certified by the United States Electoral College.
“I don’t think that President Obama is going to accept a result that is more of a victory for President Obama, and I think he’s going to reject a result of a President Romney that is a defeat for the American people,” Romney said during an interview with ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos.
“If they do it in a fair election, I believe that President Romney is going have a good relationship with Vladimir Putin.”
Romney also said that the US has a “good relationship” with Putin.
In an interview on CBS’ “Face the Nation” on Sunday, Romney said he has not yet spoken to Putin.
“We haven’t spoken with Putin about the election,” Romney told Stephanopoulos, who asked about a meeting Romney had in Moscow in July.
“And I’m not going to go into the details of the conversation.
We haven’t talked about it.”
Romney has been a staunch supporter of Russia, but has been increasingly critical of President Obama’s handling of the crisis in Ukraine.
He has been critical of Obama for his handling of Crimea and his refusal to recognize Crimea’s independence, and for his response to the conflict in Syria, which resulted in the deaths of more than 2,100 people.
Romney has called on President Obama to make a “strong statement” regarding Russia’s involvement in Ukraine, and has urged him to recognize the territorial integrity of Ukraine and to allow the US to re-establish diplomatic relations with it.
The former Massachusetts governor has previously said he would not support a vote for Obama in November, but his comments Sunday were a further indication that he is not willing to accept the result.
Romney’s comments came as he made an appearance on NBC’s “Meet the Press” with Chuck Todd.
He said he will be “very active” in pressuring the US government to provide more information about the Russian hacking.
Romney also defended the timing of his trip to Moscow, in light of the election results.
“There’s no question in my mind that, in the midst of all this, I would be traveling to Moscow.
And the reason I would do that is because of the importance of the Crimea vote, the importance that it has for our national security,” Romney explained.
“It’s very important that the people of Crimea, the people that are in Crimea, have confidence that the United Kingdom, France and other countries are going to do what they have to do to defend the sovereignty and territorial integrity and independence of the Ukraine.”
Romney’s trip to Russia, first reported by CNN, was originally planned as part of a two-day trip to Germany and Belgium.
He did not announce a new date for the trip.
Romney previously told “Meet The Press” host Chuck Todd that he was in favor of Russia becoming a “full-fledged” NATO member, which would allow it to share its military assets with the US.
The Romney campaign later told CNN that the candidate had no plans to make any official visit to Russia.
He had planned to travel to Germany, Belgium and Germany as part. “
These were not ‘re-entry’ visits, as he has said before.
He had planned to travel to Germany, Belgium and Germany as part.
Russia has a strong military and a strong economy.
The United States should be concerned by Russia’s recent moves in Ukraine and should act quickly to put an end to the crisis.”
Romney, who is seeking the Republican presidential nomination, is expected to release a formal statement on Monday.
The Republican nominee also said Sunday that he supports a deal that would allow Crimea to be returned to Ukraine.
“As president, I will have a strong, clear policy to remove all of Ukraine’s borders from Russia,” Romney stated in a statement.
“That means that we must move quickly to end the bloodshed and restore calm to the region.
We must also work with our NATO allies to secure Crimea’s return to Ukraine.”
On Sunday, Russia’s foreign ministry said it would continue its efforts to restore calm in the Crimean Peninsula, and would also take steps to prevent any new violence.
The Foreign Ministry said in a tweet Sunday that “the government of Crimea has the right to decide its own fate.”