WARSAW. OCTOBER 20. INTERFAX CENTRAL EUROPE –
Russia will not use nuclear missiles against Poland, but a military reaction to the construction of the U.S. missile shield base in Poland is inevitable,
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Ivanov told British news organization
BBC in an interview, which took place Saturday.
“Russia will definitely react, because we can’t just not react,” Ivanov
said, according to the BBC website. “A new military potential will in
several years be present, very close to our borders, only 300 km away,
but that doesn’t mean of course that we are planning a new nuclear
attack on the Czech Republic or Poland. That’s total rubbish.”
Ivanov reiterated earlier declarations that Russia sees the missile
shield as a threat to its national security and that a military reaction
would be on the cards if the missile shield construction went ahead.
The Russian foreign minister refuted earlier suggestions made by Russian
armed forces chief of staff Gen. Yury Baluyevsky in January 2008, that
Russia would take various military actions into consideration including
the use of nuclear weapons.
“There are still many Cold War warriors,” Ivanov told the BBC. “Many
Britons and Americans still think that all Russians are drunk and
treacherous, and that we spend our time thinking how to attack the West.
That’s part of old-style Cold War propaganda. There’s too much mistrust.
Russia opposes U.S. plans to deploy elements of its NMD program in
Poland and the Czech Republic, questioning U.S. claims that it would
target so-called ‘rogue’ states, such as Iraq.
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