The signing of a deal allowing the US to set up a radar base in the Czech Republic as part of its broader missile defence program has angered Russia, which responded by saying it would use military means to block such moves near its borders.
"If the real deployment of an American strategic missile defence shield begins close to our borders, then we will be forced to react not with diplomatic methods, but with military-technical methods," the Foreign Ministry said.
The Foreign Ministry said in a statement on its www.mid.ru website that the
Military analyst Pavel Felgenhauer said
"That is why it is very unspecific but sounds threatening," he said. "It is psychological pressure, the same sort that was used in the 1980s by the Soviet Union, when the United States deployed cruise missiles in
"If you are talking about military action, this of course is not the case," Churkin said in
Former President Vladimir Putin, who is now prime minister, said in 2007 that
Russian generals have threatened to deploy tactical missiles in neighbouring
Date created : 2008-07-08