Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov

From RIA Novosti:  “When the implementation of the third and then fourth and subsequent stages of the phased adaptive approach on the [U.S.] global defense system begins, the situation could alter for us,” [Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister] Sergei Ryabkov said.

He reiterated Moscow’s demand for legally binding guarantees that U.S. and NATO missiles will not be aimed at Russia, warning that otherwise unspecified “compensatory” countermeasures would follow.

From Xinhua:  NATO announced at the Chicago summit in May that the first phase of the missile shield in Europe has become operational. The system is expected to be completed by 2020 in four phases. . . .

The senior diplomat said there is still time for Russia and the United States to reach an agreement over the missile defense system, but a deadline is fast approaching.

Such an agreement should be reached before Washington starts the third phase of the missile shield deployment, Ryabkov said. . . .

"Otherwise, they will face so-called compensatory measures from us, and everyone knows them," Ryabkov warned.  (photo: Reuters)