the Soviet Union Russia didn't get the memo.
A top Russian general warned that a missile defense system that the United States wants to deploy in eastern Europe would pose a "clear threat" to his country.At least as far as I know, we face no real threat from the former Soviet Union, rather from obnoxious states like Iran and North Korea. Should Iran get a nuke before we can stop them, Europe sits relatively defenseless. But I think this missile defense is really more about China and Pakistan than Russia, Iran, or North Korea. The latter three are facing collapse. Pakistan is already nuclear and could easily be overrun by extremists, and we all know about China's belligerence and Taiwan ambitions.
The Russians are just being geopolitically savvy:
Czech and Polish leaders rejected Russia's fears as groundless.Russia doesn't fear the U.S., they just don't like us. They are however, allied with Iran and China who is allied with North Korea and Pakistan. Russia has been and will continue to make every attempt to limit American power in Europe and the Middle East.
Czech Defence Minister Vlasta Parkanova retorted that "the Russian Federation is perfectly aware that it is not threatened by this system."
She said the statements coming out of Moscow smacked of "political propaganda."
"I consider the Russians' fears to be absurd," Czech Prime Minister Mirek Topolanek said.
The prime minister on Saturday announced that Washington had asked to start talks on locating part of the system, a radar station, on Czech soil.
Polish Deputy Foreign Minister Witold Waszczykowski confirmed that his government had been approached by Washington for talks and also dismissed Moscow's claims that the defence system targeted Russia.
"The Russians have known for years what projects the Americans have in the making. They were even invited to be part of this system," he said.