MOSCOW - Russia threatened on Wednesday to deploy missiles to target
the U.S. missile shield in Europe if Washington fails to assuage
Moscow’s concerns about its plans, a harsh warning that reflected deep
cracks in U.S.-Russian ties despite President Barack Obama’s efforts to
“reset” relations with the Kremlin.President Dmitry Medvedev said
he still hopes for a deal with the U.S. on missile defense, but he
strongly accused Washington and its NATO allies of ignoring Russia’s
worries. He said Russia will have to take military countermeasures if
the U.S. continues to build the shield without legal guarantees that it
will not be aimed against Russia.
The United Staets has repeatedly assured Russia
that its proposed missile defense system wouldn’t be directed against
Russia’s nuclear forces, and it did that again Wednesday.
“It’s worth reiterating that the Europe
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