August 25, 2014
NATO Debates Directing Missile Shield Against Russia
By Spiegel and RIA Novosti
From Spiegel: NATO officials are considering deploying a long-planned missile defense system -- aimed at protecting Europe from attacks from the Middle East -- against Russia as well, SPIEGEL has learned.
In the run-up to next week's NATO summit, the four countries [Poland, Lithuania, Estonia, and Latvia] called for the remaining members to agree on language at the summit that would pave the way for the plan. . . .
But the majority of NATO members, especially Germany, are opposed to the proposal . . . Further debate on the issue has since been delayed until after the summit.
From RIA Novosti: Ahead of the NATO summit at the end of next week, the four countries have urged the military bloc to mention Moscow as a potential aggressor in its summit communique and have safeguards against Russia hardwired into the document, as they did with Iran.