Russia warns NATO of nuclear deployment
Russia wants an unambiguous answer from NATO over Moscow's role in a European missile defence shield and will deploy nuclear weapons if no agreement is reached, President Dmitry Medvedev warned Monday.
"Our partners have to understand that we do not want this simply to have some common toys that NATO and us can play with, but because we want adequate protection for Russia," Medvedev said in televised remarks.
"So this is not a joking matter. We expect from our NATO partners a direct and unambiguous answer," he said, during a meeting with Russia's NATO envoy Dmitry Rogozin.
Medvedev said Russia would be forced to deploy its own missile defence shield if it was not given an equal role in the one being deployed by Washington and its allies over Europe.
"In either case, we are either together with NATO, or we separately find an adequate response to the existing problem," Medvedev said.
"Either we agree to certain principles with NATO, or we fail to agree, and then in the future we are forced to adopt an entire series of unpleasant decisions concerning the deployment of an offensive nuclear missile group."
© 2011 AFP