Russia Threatens to Aim Missiles at NATO Shield
Medvedev also says he'll back out of the START treaty
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Nov 23, 2011 10:34 AM CST
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, center, chairs a Security Council meeting in the Gorki residence outside Moscow, Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2011.   (AP Photo/RIA Novosti, Mikhail Klimentyev, Presidential Press Service)

(Newser) – Russia is once again making noise about NATO's plans to build a missile defense system in Eastern Europe. Dmitry Medvedev warned that Russia would deploy new missiles and aim them at the shield installations today, in a harshly-worded statement that the AP sees as an attempt to rally domestic support ahead of Russia's upcoming elections. Medvedev also threatened to back out of the New START arms control treaty with the US if the sides couldn't reach a deal.

"The United States and its NATO partners as of now aren't going to take our concerns about the European missile defense into account," Medvedev said. Russia has made such threats before, objecting to a missile system that it has long argued would be uncomfortably close to its border. NATO insists the shield is designed to protect against missiles from Iran, but has refused Russian offers to jointly run the system.

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The_Truth
Nov 23, 2011 3:40 PM CST
North Atlantic Terrorist Organizations days are numbered anyways, can only hide from long lists of war crimes for so long. 8 Months in Libya, and with all that high tech prescision crap they still couldn't defeat the green army. Just imagine what the Russians would do to them. Iran on the other hand would mop the sand with them.
XYandZ
Nov 23, 2011 2:39 PM CST
I support Russia on this. The USA is so full of hypocrisy and sh*t. Russia should put missile "defense" in Cuba and see how the USA likes it..oh yeah...
AnonymousCommenter
Nov 23, 2011 12:18 PM CST
Somebody has to be a beta tester.