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Russia to deploy missiles near Poland

November 6, 2008

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— Russia will deploy short-range missiles near Poland to counter U.S. military plans in Eastern Europe, President Dmitry Medvedev warned Wednesday, setting a combative tone that clashed with global goodwill over Barack Obama's election.

In his first state of the nation speech, Medvedev blamed Washington for the war in Georgia and the world financial crisis and suggested it was up to Washington to mend badly damaged ties.

Medvedev also proposed increasing the Russian presidential term to six years from four - a change that could deepen Western concern over democracy in Russia and play into the hands of his mentor, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, who has not ruled out a return to the Kremlin.

Extending the presidential term could mean a possible 12 more years in the top office for the popular Putin.

Comments

Jason Bailey 6 years, 4 months ago

Guys: Putin decided to do this the day after Obama is elected. That's the reason and has nothing to do with Bush.Think I'm overreaching or being partisan?! Biden's own words warned us to "expect a test" from foreign enemies to exercise this new, young President. It starts already.

XEPCT 6 years, 4 months ago

The missiles are in Kaliningrad, I can't believe the article neglects to include that.

jayhawklawrence 6 years, 4 months ago

Did anyone expect any other result from the Bush decision to plant missiles there?The only winners here are the companies that manufacture these weapons. Everyone else is a big loser and the world is far less safe.But you cannot get any sensible discussion out of the right or left wingers, Democrat or Republican, because they cannot see past their noses.

jayhawklawrence 6 years, 4 months ago

We cannot continue to treat the Bin Laden terrorism issue the same as we have wars in the past.In my view, Bin Laden is a cult leader. He uses religion to acquire power and wealth. The Bush approach simply put Bin Laden on the world stage where he had the best possible pulpit to preach his garbage. We gave him exactly what he wanted.We have to stop giving this guy so much free advertising and just go kill him as if he was a rabid coyote and then we have to attack the people who are spreading this extremist garbage and taking advantage of others. The target has to be the leaders who spread the ideology of terrorism.

SMe 6 years, 4 months ago

Now children remember when the sirens sound climb under your desk and tuck your head in and kiss your...........

jayhawklawrence 6 years, 4 months ago

Deterring aggression through the "threatened" use of nuclear weapons is a short term solution at best because to use a nuke is disaster for the whole world. I believe it will eventually result in a catastrophic tragedy if we do not find a diplomatic solution. The aggressive attitude of the Bush administration and its unilateral approach to solving problems made the world far less capable of achieving a diplomatic solution.Unfortunately, the window of opportunity has narrowed as Putin has responded in kind.

roger_o_thornhill 6 years, 4 months ago

Brrrrr...Is it getting "cold"-er or is it just me? "War on terror" not making enough money for the powers-that-be?

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