From Russia Today: “As far as missile defense issues are concerned, we have told the US and NATO that it is necessary to start everything from scratch – to jointly analyze the origin and types of missile proliferation risks and threats,” [Russian Foreign Minister Sergey] Lavrov said. “We are not ready to simply trust someone else’s analysis and proposals to counter such threats on the basis of this analysis.”

Lavrov added that Russia was aware that the US was contemplating other missile defense sites, specifically in Japan, and that Moscow was “monitoring those plans.”

“We are aware of the plans being implemented… by the United States in cooperation with Japan on creating a missile defense there,” he said. “We are monitoring those plans as well, and we would like to understand what they will entail and what consequences they will have for the security of the globe.” (photo: AFP/Getty)