Challenging Putin

ABC News' Jonathan Karl presses Obama about Russia and threats to America.
3:00 | 03/25/14

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And president Obama talking tough today at the high-stakes nuclear summit in Geneva. All of the world's powers gathers, but one, Russia. Disinvited because of their actions in crimea. And president Obama speaking to the person not at the table, Russian president Vladimir Putin. ABC's white house correspondent, Jon Karl, was there with questions of his own. Jon? Reporter: Good evening, Diane. The president is here for that nuclear summit. But all day long, the unfolding crisis in Ukraine was front and center. I had a chance to ask the president about a moment during his re-election company, when he ridiculed the notion that Russia is America's biggest global rival. In the light of recent global developments, do you think Mitt Romney had a point when he said that Russia was America's biggest geopolitical foe? And if not Russia, who? Russia is a regional power that is threatening some of its immediate neighbors. Not out of strength. But out of weakness. Russia's actions are a problem. They don't pose the number one national security threat to the United States. I continue to be much more concerned when it comes to our security, with the prospect of a nuclear weapon going off in Manhattan. Reporter: The president made that point after spending two days at a summit about preventing nuclear terrorism. But for all the tough talk about Russia, he also acknowledged that at this point, there is little the west can do to force Russia to leave crimea.

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