Russian President Putin and US President Obama/Reuters File
Russian President Putin and US President Obama/Reuters File Reuters

Russian leader Vladimir Putin has projected great power when he annexed Crimea earlier this year but according to U.S. President Barack Obama the current Kremlin chief is not smart at all.

Obama declared in an interview with NPR that America is far better than Russia because of two things - the U.S. enjoys smarter leadership and it has the iPad, the latter symbolises the robust and multi-dimensional economy of the United States.

Advanced technology and stable economy

While not addressing the recent reports that suggest Russia has gained the upper-hand in war readiness and nuclear strategic race, Obama insists that America is hardly a pushover when pitted head-on with Russia, specifically with Putin at the helm.

The U.S. has obviously outpaced Russia in the technology department that the former's economy is more diverse whereas Russia is heavily dependent on too few revenue generators - chief of them is the oil industry.

"The big advantage we have with Russia is we've got a dynamic, vital economy, and they don't," the U.S. president was reported by BBC as saying.

He added that for the most part, the Russian economy is shored up by oil, the market price of which has been tumbling in recent months and is likely to reach record lows by the end of 2014.

The U.S. economy, on the other hand, draws big from oil too and much more or a host of multiple products that make America financially healthier.

"They rely on oil. We rely on oil and iPads and movies and you name it," the president stressed.

The iPad from tech titan Apple, of course, points to the wide array of juggernaut companies that originates and operates in America, thus making the country an economic powerhouse.

Smarter leadership

Paired with the above edge is the U.S. leadership that operates smarter within the mechanics of democracy.

Obama offered that the same does not apply with Russia, most notably with Putin calling the shots.

He observed that perhaps in the recent months, Putin had successfully cultivated the strong image of a bully and even a genius as "he had outmanoeuvred all of us, and he had bullied, and strategized his way into expanding Russian power."

Yet with the Russian rouble losing value by the day and the country's economy appears to be following suit, Putin's superman status appears to be considerably weakening.

"Today, I'd sense that - at least outside of Russia - maybe some people are thinking what Putin did wasn't so smart," the U.S. chief executive was quoted by Business Insider as saying.

Obama refers to Russia's Crimean adventure and Putin's perceived assistance of the separatist rebels fighting for independence from Kiev in eastern Ukraine.

Such moves prompted the U.S. and its NATO allies to ratchet up economic sanctions against Russia that the latter had responded to by highlighting its war posturing, further heightening the fear of possible nuclear showdown between Moscow and the West.