Would like to hear opinions on this, especially from people in Russia,Poland,Czech Republic and Ukraine.Putin repeats threat on missiles
Russian President Vladimir Putin has repeated his threat to target missiles at neighbouring states if they site parts of the planned US missile shield.
Mr Putin said the US proposal to base interceptors in Poland and a radar in the Czech Republic "threatens our national security".
The Russian leader said earlier this week Moscow might target Ukraine if it sited elements of such a system.
The US says it is designed to block any missiles from North Korea or Iran.
But Mr Putin reiterated Russian objections to the scheme during his annual news conference at the Kremlin.
Russia's response would be to "retarget our missiles toward a system that we aren't creating", he was quoted by AP news agency as saying.
"We are warning people ahead of time: if you take this step, then we will make this step."
Russia holds presidential elections next month which are widely expected to be won by Mr Putin's chosen successor, First Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev.
Seems to me, on the one hand, Russia is perfectly entitled to protect itself from what it sees as a threat from the West, but then if they believe we are such a threat why are they even talking to us ? Why are they on the Security council? Surely this just kicks us all the way back to the cold war? Friend don't point missiles at each other....that goes for the West as well as the EAST.
The US says the missile shield is to protect NATO countries from attack by North Korea and Iran. Ok that's plausible but then, why not include Russia in the scheme? Could it be because Russia is a big supporter of North Korea and Iran ?
Where is the threat here? Why should there be a threat? Why should Russia suddenly want to target Poland, Czech Republic and Ukraine? Should they also not be targeting Germany, France, Spain and the UK ? We are all members of NATO and will be protected by the same missile shield. Oh I forgot, they also said they will re target their missiles at Western cities.
My own personal opinion is that Russia does not fear the proposed missile shield. What it really fears is democracy spreading across it's own borders. If Ukraine is free to join NATO and the EU and then prospers as a result perhaps Russia's own people may see the benefits far out weigh the negatives?