Medvedev Blasts US 'Fairy Tales' About Defense Shield

Timing of Polish deal says it all to Russia government
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 15, 2008 2:56 PM CDT
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev talks during a joint press conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in the Russian Black Sea resort city of Sochi, Friday, Aug. 15, 2008.    (AP Photo/Misha Japaridze)
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(Newser) – US-Russian relations took another turn for the worse today with Moscow lashing out at America's new missile-defense deal with Poland. Dmitry Medvedev said the system will be aimed at Russia and denounced as "fairy tales" the US contention that it will deter strikes from rogue nations such as Iran, Reuters reports. Condoleezza Rice refuted the Russian president's allegations.

"The moment has been chosen well and therefore any fairy tales about deterring other states, fairy tales that with the help of this system, we will deter some sort of rogue states no longer work," Medvedev said. Russia has threatened to use “military means” to respond to a US missile shield close to its borders, although it has not gotten more specific.