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11-23-2011, 03:41 PM
Dmitry Medvedev, Russia President, Says Missiles May Target U.S. Missile Defense Sites (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/11/23/dmitry-medvedev-russia-missiles_n_1109660.html)


MOSCOW — Russia will deploy new missiles aimed at U.S. missile defense sites in Europe if Washington goes ahead with the planned shield despite Russia's concerns, President Dmitry Medvedev said Wednesday.

Russia will station missiles in its westernmost Kaliningrad region and other areas if Russia and NATO fail to reach a deal on the U.S.-led missile defense plans, he said in a tough statement that seemed to be aimed at rallying domestic support.

Russia considers the plans for missile shields in Europe, including in Romania and Poland, to be a threat to its nuclear forces, but the Obama administration insists they are meant to fend off a potential threat from Iran.

Moscow has agreed to consider NATO's proposal last fall to cooperate on the missile shield, but the talks have been deadlocked over how the system should operate. Russia has insisted that the system should be run jointly, which NATO has rejected.

Medvedev also warned that Moscow may opt out of the New START arms control deal with the United States and halt other arms control talks if the U.S. proceeds. The Americans had hoped that the treaty would stimulate progress further ambitious arms control efforts, but such talks have stalled over tension on the missile plans.

"The United States and its NATO partners as of now aren't going to take our concerns about the European missile defense into account," a stern Medvedev said, adding that if the alliance continues to "stonewall" Russia it will take retaliatory action.

The U.S. plan calls for placing land- and sea-based radars and interceptors in European locations over the next decade and upgrading them over time.

Medvedev warned that Russia will deploy short-range Iskander missiles in Kaliningrad, a Baltic Sea exclave bordering Poland, and place weapons in other areas in Russia's west and south to target U.S. missile defense sites.

Medvedev added that prospective Russian strategic nuclear missiles will be fitted with systems that would allow them to penetrate prospective missile defenses.

He and other Russian leaders have made similar threats in the past, and the latest statement appears to be aimed at domestic audience ahead of Dec. 4 parliamentary elections.

Medvedev, who is set to step down to allow Prime Minister Vladimir Putin reclaim the presidency in March's elections, leads the ruling United Russia party list in the parliamentary vote.

A sterm warning to the U.S. and NATO issued by Medvedev seems to be directed at rallying nationalist votes in the polls.

11-24-2011, 08:24 AM
Not from Barry O of course, but from the NATO Secy Gen. -


Statement by the NATO Secretary General on Missile Defence

I have taken note of President Medvedev's statement on missile defence. NATO's missile defence system, which NATO Heads of State and Government agreed to develop last year at the Lisbon summit, is designed to defend against threats emanating from outside Europe and is not designed to alter the balance of deterrence.
I welcome President Medvedev's willingness not to close the door on continued dialogue with NATO and the U.S. on missile defence and to consider practical cooperation in this area. Last year, NATO Heads of State and Government decided to invite Russia to discuss the possibilities of cooperating with us and to develop the NATO-Russia relationship into a strategic partnership. That offer still stands.
The suggestion that deployment of missiles in the areas neighbouring the Alliance is an appropriate response to NATO’s system is very disappointing. Such deployments would be reminiscent of the past and are inconsistent with the strategic relations NATO and Russia have agreed they seek and with the spirit of the dialogue, including on missile defence issues, that they are currently conducting.
Cooperation on missile defence would clearly show that NATO and Russia can build security together, not against each other. It would allow us to deal with new threats and old suspicions at the same time. It would show that cooperation, not confrontation, is the way ahead.

11-30-2011, 01:46 PM

Russia Activates Missile-Warning System Near EU Borders

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Russia has threatened to deploy Iskander antimissile systems to the EU border.

November 29, 2011

Russia has activated a radar warning system against incoming missiles in its exclave of Kaliningrad on the borders of the European Union, in response to Western plans to deploy a missile-defense shield in Europe.

The United States says the shield is needed to protect against potential threats from countries such as Iran, while Russia says it will weaken its nuclear deterrent.

President Dmitry Medvedev, announcing that the Voronezh-DM system was moving into immediate combat readiness, said Russia could no longer be satisfied with verbal promises.

"We can no longer be satisfied with simple statements that this gradual, adaptive deployment of a European missile-defense system is not aimed against Russia," Medvedev said.

"These verbal statements, unfortunately, do not guarantee the defense of our interests."

But he also said that the activation of the Kaliningrad station "does not close the door to dialogue" with the United States on missile defense.

Medvedev has previously warned that Russian missiles could be deployed (http://www.rferl.org/content/medvedev_outlines_response_to_us_missile_shield/24399845.html) on the EU's borders if the missile shield is deployed.

compiled from agency reports