Medvedev warns US over missile shield at G-8

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has repeated an earlier warning that Russia could deploy missiles in Kaliningrad, near Poland, if the US pushes for a missile defence shield in Europe. He discussed the issue at a press conference at the G-8 Summit in Italy on Friday. Under former president George W. Bush, the US first proposed a tracking radar in the Czech Republic and a missile installation in Poland as part of its planned defence umbrella. The warning by the Russian president comes just days after he met with current US President Barack Obama. At their meeting in Moscow, the two world leaders signed a preliminary agreement on new offensive nuclear weapons cuts. But Russian officials have suggested Moscow will not sign a final agreement unless the US abandons it plans for missile defence.

Author: Jan Velinger