Russian negotiator warns NATO over missile defense plans

Dmitry Rogozin, Russia

From DPA:  A top Kremlin defence official on Friday warned NATO that if it goes ahead with a controversial missile defence plan for Europe, Russia will retaliate.

‘One way or another, Russia’s security will be fully defended,’ said Dmitry Rogozin, a special representative to the Russian president.

‘There will be a response,’ said Rogozin, who has frequently attracted international attention with his outspoken remarks in his capacity as Russian ambassador to NATO. . . .

‘The more our diplomats manage to obtain in the talks with the US and NATO, the less will be our military response,’ Rogozin told the Interfax news agency. ‘The less they obtain … the more substantial will be the Russian response.’

The joint US-Russia declaration was likely to be signed ‘soon,’ but the degree to which it would settle regional tensions is still not clear, Rogozin said. . . .

Possible Russian counter-measures could include positioning nuclear-tipped missiles in Russia’s Kaliningrad province, as well as the redeployment of heavy conventional forces to Belarus and west Russia of a scale not seen since the end of the Cold War, Russian political observers have said.   (photo: Reuters)

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