That’s how I read this. Russia President Medvedev is disturbed at how well the United States missile defense network is working, so Medvedev is now threatening to point Russia’s offensive missiles at NATO’s defensive missile sites in Europe.
President Dmitry Medvedev says Russia will aim its missiles at the U.S. missile defense sites in Europe if Washington fails to address Russian concerns on its missile defense plans.
Medvedev said that Russia will deploy 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 also said in a televised statement Wednesday 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 with its plans to deploy its missile shield in Europe.
Russia considers the U.S. shield as a threat to its nuclear forces.
My guess is Russia does not have the ability to create a defense shield of its own. This offensive threat should be dealt with by the United States working hard to ensure our missile defense system is top-notch and always at the ready.
If you have the capability to lock the doors of your home from intruders, securing those doors does not equate to an offensive move by the homeowner.
Exit question for those with a lot more experience than I … what’s going on in Europe to set off Medvedev like this? Is it all tied to Iran’s nuclear ambitions?