Medvedev: Russia Will Target European Missile Shield if No Deal Reached [The Washington Post]
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev threatened to target the U.S. missile defense system in Europe if his country cannot reach an agreement with the United States and NATO on how the shield will be built and operate, The Washington Post reported Nov. 23.
In a televised address, Medvedev said the United States has failed to take into account concerns that the missiles could easily be turned against Russia. He said he has ordered the installation of an early warning radar system in Kaliningrad, and that missiles in the southern and western parts of Russia will be equipped with advanced counter-missile systems.
The administration of U.S. President Barack Obama says the proposed system of interceptors based on land and at sea around Europe is designed to protect against Iranian missiles, and it wants Russia’s participation.