WASHINGTON (CBSDC/AP) — Former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney believes President Barack Obama should have seen the Ukraine-Russia crisis coming.

Speaking to Fox News Tuesday, Romney said Obama should have prepared in advance for Russia invading Crimea.

“Part of being the leader of the free world is the capacity to see what might happen in the future and to take action to shape the future,” Romney told Fox News host Sean Hannity. “With regards to Ukraine, the president should have been able to see this coming. I’m sure many advisers told him that Russia might try and grab a piece of Ukraine.”

Romney stated that Obama’s weakness is leading others to take advantage of the U.S.

“It’s hard to name a single country that holds America in more esteem and respect than when the president took office five years ago,” Romney said. “It has not been a time of building America’s respect, admiration and esteem … around the world.”

During a press conference Wednesday at the Council of the European Union in Brussels, Obama said that Russia “clearly miscalculated” that they could drive a wedge between the U.S. and Europe. Obama added that “the isolation will deepen” with Russia if they continue on its current path.

A new CBS News poll finds that 46 percent of Americans disapprove of how Obama is handling the Ukraine-Russia crisis.

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