Wednesday, February 21, 2007

From Russia, with love

New York Times:

MOSCOW, Feb. 20 — Officials in the Czech Republic and Poland vowed Tuesday that they would not be intimidated by Russia, a day after a general in Moscow declared that nuclear weapons could be aimed at their countries if they allowed the Bush administration to build ballistic missile defenses within their borders.

Tough Talk:
On Monday, the commander of Russia’s missile forces said he was ready to re-aim nuclear weapons so they would be trained on the missile defense sites chosen in Eastern Europe.

Wasn't Putin the one who said ''Today we are witnessing an almost uncontained hyper use of force in international relations -- military force" just a week ago?
The Czech foreign minister, Karel Schwarzenberg, said, “The Czechs will now think the shield is even more necessary,” according to a Reuters report.

“We have quite an experience with Russians,” he said. “You have to make clear to them you won’t succumb to blackmail. Once you give in to blackmail, there’s no going back.”

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