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Putin: Russia will "counter" US missile shield

Angered about the ballistic missile defense system the US is building in Eastern Europe, Vladimir Putin promised to "do something." Oleg Shchedrov of Reuters reports:

President Vladimir Putin on Friday renewed criticism of U.S. plans to deploy a missile shield in Eastern Europe, saying Russia would take "appropriate measures" to counter the system.

Putin told Czech President Vaclav Klaus at a Kremlin meeting that the proposed missile shield would be used to track Russian military activities.

"These systems will monitor Russian territory as far as the Ural mountains if we don't come out with a response," Putin told Klaus. "And we will indeed do this. Anyone would."

"We will not get hysterical about this. We will just take appropriate measures," he said, without elaborating.

Read the whole article at the link above. It's hard to imagine just WHAT "measures" Putin can take, or why he feels threatened by a missile-defense system in the first place (following Reagan's famous gesture, Bush has offered the protection of our missile defenses to Russia, too). Even with the price of oil and gas at a long-term peak, Russia can't afford to maintain its ballistic missiles and defense systems, much less upgrade them.

He may attempt to blackmail us by threatening to withdraw from cooperative arms control operations, or even to use energy as a weapon as he has tried recently with Ukraine and Georgia. In either case, though, his hand is weak - and that may just be the problem. The former KGB goon misses the "good old days" of the Cold War when the world lived in fear of the Soviet Empire. Too bad, Vlad.


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Comments (8)

Russia needn't worry about ... (Below threshold)

Russia needn't worry about the American missle shield. Russia needs to worry abou the Chinese missle shield.

OK, China hasn't announced they have a missle shield, but they didn't announce they had anti-satellite capability, either, unless you count blasting one of their old weather satellites out of the sky as an "announcement."

No need to worry. Bush look... (Below threshold)

No need to worry. Bush looked into Putin's soul.

Of course, as we pointed ou... (Below threshold)

Of course, as we pointed out in a couple of the posts on the Blue side, those ABMs aren't really aimed at Russian ICBMs. They're aimed at Iranian ICBMs, which would follow a trajectory right over Poland to hit Germany, England, or France.

So I guess Putin's "counter" is to sell even more technology to Iran...

After watching the "gaggle ... (Below threshold)

After watching the "gaggle of eight" debate last night you haven't a thing to worry about.

Metprof, that is true, what... (Below threshold)
Zelsdorf Ragshaft III:

Metprof, that is true, what you say. None of those people are in the least qualified to be President of the United States.

You are soooooooooooo naive... (Below threshold)

You are soooooooooooo naive.

Brian:No need to ... (Below threshold)

No need to worry. Bush looked into Putin's soul.

Uh huh. And the missile shield is apparently still going up. What can rational person deduce ?

HES GOT THE RIGHT TO DO IT!... (Below threshold)

HES GOT THE RIGHT TO DO IT!, why should they tolerate that?!

is polony a colony of the US!? no






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