[Ed. – Reminder: this missile shield is a theater-level shield. It cannot protect the United States. At all. George W. Bush’s version would have been able to protect the Eastern U.S. Obama’s can only protect parts of Europe. In theory, Russia has nothing aimed at Europe and has no intention to aim anything at Europe. Therefore, the missile shield isn’t ABOUT Russia. It’s about Iran, and potentially other nations southeast of Europe. Putin’s objections to it speak loudly about what he really wants Russia to be able to do: hold Europe at risk with intermediate-range missiles.]
Putin warned the European nations that Moscow has repeatedly said it would have to retaliate if the missile defense shield was put into place, but U.S. allies have ignored Russia’s warnings.
Earlier this month, the U.S. program was declared operational at a site in Romania, drawing an angry reaction from Russia. …
Washington has said that the shield is needed to protect Europe from Iran and is not a threat. Another part of the shield is getting ready to be implemented in Poland.
“If yesterday in those areas of Romania people simply did not know what it means to be in the cross-hairs, then today we will be forced to carry out certain measures to ensure our security,” Putin said in a joint news conference in Athens with Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras.
“It will be the same case with Poland,” he said. …
Putin cried foul over the claim that the defense system was need to protect from Iran. He said that excuse made no sense because of the landmark nuclear deal that was struck to curb Tehran’s nuclear ambitions.