Medvedev warns West of new Cold War over missile deal

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

SKOLKOVO, Russia (AFP) – President Dmitry Medvedev warned Wednesday Russia could pull out a new nuclear disarmament treaty and enter a new Cold War with the West if the two sides failed to agree on a new missile defence shield.

Medvedev told reporters that the United States’ decision to push ahead with the European shield despite Russia’s objections will force Moscow “to take response measures — something that we would very much rather not do.”

“We would then be talking about developing the offensive potential of our nuclear capabilities. This would be a very bad scenario.”

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