Russia’s Chief of General Staff Nikolai Makarov has threatened military action on U.S. sponsored NATO missile defense facilities in eastern Europe, if the Administration goes forward with it’s missile defense plan. He reportedly gave the warning at the start of an international conference on missile defense in Moscow. Russia is demanding legally binding agreements that the missile defense program will not target their country as part of the shield. Washington claims that the program is only designed to deal with a missile threat from Iran. The NATO alliance claims to want to cooperate with Russia on the issue however it has rejected Moscow’s proposal to jointly run the program. Makarov fears that the missile defense program will undermine Russia’s nuclear deterrent and so the two sides are deadlocked on the issue.
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