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Russia to deploy missiles against US threat


Source: | 11-06-2008 14:04

In Russia President Dmitry Medvedev has pledged to station new missiles near Poland's border in response to US plans to deploy an anti-missile system in Eastern Europe.

Russia's President Dmitry Medvedev makes his annual state of the nation address at the Kremlin's St. George Hall in Moscow, November 5, 2008.REUTERS/RIA Novosti/Kremlin/Dmitry Astakhov
Russia's President Dmitry Medvedev makes his annual state
of the nation address at the Kremlin's St. George Hall in
Moscow, November 5, 2008.
REUTERS/RIA Novosti/Kremlin/Dmitry Astakhov

He made the announcement during his first state of the nation address on Wednesday.

Dmitry Medvedev said the short-range Iskander missiles will be deployed to the Kaliningrad region which borders NATO members Poland and Lithuania.

But he did not say how many missiles will be deployed or whether they will be fitted with nuclear warheads.

The Russian president announced the country would electronically jam the US missile defense system.

Medvedev also expressed hope that the next US administration would act to improve relations.

And he suggested it's up to the US to take the initiative.