Russia’s Deputy PM warns Norway on missile defense participation

Russia’s Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin

From Thomas Nilsen, BarentsObserver:  It was last Thursday Norway’s Foreign Minister Espen Barth Eide said to BarentsObserver that he was worried about the Cold War rhetoric. . . . “A language that remains of Cold War rhetoric is used too often. That worries me. . . .”

After BarentsObserver reported about Espen Barth Eide’s response to [Russia’s Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry] Rogozin’s statement, Regnum news agency posted a longer article on Saturday about the Norwegian Foreign Minister’s statement, Norway’s NATO participation and the plans for a stronger military cooperation between the Nordic countries. Dmitry Rogozin reposted the article on his Facebook profile and wrote:

“Norwegian and Polish politicians should not practice in rhetoric but seriously think over implications their peoples will have as a result of USA’s missile defense weapons deployment at their place starting from 2018. Those irresponsible decisions will inevitably cause escalation of military threats in Europe that Russia would have to give its military-technical response. And then no one would keep joking mood. It’s time for Europe to learn to take self-consistent safety decisions instead of constantly checking with Washington and NATO and constantly putting on pomposity and groundless self-complacency out of despair.”  (photo: RIA Novosti)

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