Russia Cancels Missile Deployment After Obama Cancels Missile Shield

September 19, 2009

(ChattahBox) — Russia has made a token goodwill gesture but needs to come up with more, in the wake of President Obama’s decision to eliminate the Eastern European missile defense plan initiated by ex-President Bush. Obama dropped the plan, which included deploying missile interceptors in Poland and a radar station in the Czech Republic, as a result of a recent U.S. intelligence report revealing that Iran’s nuclear long-range missile will take three to five years longer to build than expected.
In response Russian deputy defense minister Vladimir Popovkin announced Saturday morning in a radio interview that Russia will no longer position Iskander short-range missiles in the Kaliningrad region of the country as a result.  It still remains unclear whether Moscow will make any significant concessions like helping the U.S. crackdown on Iran in regard to its nuclear program. If Russia does not toughen its opposition to Iran’s nuclear program, analysts feel Obama may be vulnerable to criticism that he yielded to Russian complaints on the antimissile plan but got nothing tangible in return.


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2 Responses to “Russia Cancels Missile Deployment After Obama Cancels Missile Shield”

  1. Lisa Stone on September 19th, 2009 3:00 pm

    I hope this the right move in the right direction for our country.

  2. Blue Swan on September 19th, 2009 10:53 pm

    Is Russia even a country any more that is to be taken seriously when it comes to foreign policy? They are a combine of gangsters!

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