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Posted at 02:14 PM ET, 10/25/2011

Boehner: Russia’s Putin ‘harbors intense Soviet nostalgia’

Speaking at a Heritage Foundation conference on the topic of U.S.-Russian relations, Speaker of the House John Boehner (D-OH) warned against the idea of the U.S. becoming too comfortable with a supposed ”reset” between the two countries.

The expected outcome of the Russian elections next year will put former president and current prime minister Vladi­mir Putin back in the presidency--somebody who “harbor[s] intense Soviet nostalgia,” said Boehner.

Boehner also told the group that Russia “uses natural resources as a weapon,” adding, “Meanwhile much of our own resources remain under lock and key...giving Russia a decided advantage.”

In 2009, the Obama Administration announced a “reset” of U.S.-Russia relations, which snowballed into the negotiation and ratification of the New START Treaty in 2010.

“The United States should insist Russia ‘reset’ its own policies,” said Boehner. “If those appeals require teeth, the House stands ready to provide them.”

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