Interim missile defense shield now in place to protect Europe, NATO chief says
Missile interceptors will be loaded on a U.S. warship in the Mediterranean, as part of the NATO plan.
May 21st, 2012
04:29 AM ET

Interim missile defense shield now in place to protect Europe, NATO chief says

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By the CNN Wire Staff

NATO's chief says the alliance now has interim ballistic missile defense capability in Europe, a move that is likely to further heighten tensions with Russia over its objection to a missile defense shield.

"It is the first step towards our long-term goal of providing full coverage and protection for all NATO European populations, territory and forces," Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen told reporters Sunday, the first day of a two-day NATO summit in Chicago.

Among the so-called interim capabilities are missile interceptors loaded on a U.S. ship in the Mediterranean, the first of four anticipated warships with the defense system, Rasmussen said. A defense radar is also operational in Turkey, he said.

NATO has asked Russia to participate in the system but negotiations have been deadlocked over Russia's demand for a legally binding treaty guaranteeing the shield would not be used as a deterrent to Moscow's own systems.

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  3. thelastindependent

    Well, tell Russia go f*#k themselves. It's a missile SHIELD! It's defensive. It can't attack you. You can build your own if you want, we not going stop you, you piece of s#@t. Why would they worry about it unless you were planning to attack us...ohhh! Oh, I got it now. Well, I hate to tell this, but you lost the Cold War, if you have forgot. But hey, round 2, let's go.

    May 23, 2012 at 11:30 am | Reply
  4. Parker

    I wish Russia would realize that the world is moving forward with or without them. Russia can't move forward until it forfeits the obscured, secret desire to restore its empire. This is one of the few times I've seen American foreign policy stand on the logical, rational side of the isle. The missile defense shield is for protection. Russia says it threatens their sovereignty. Sovereignty of exactly what? The right to be the isolated backwards lid of Eurasia that uses fear and paranoia as its sole means of interaction with it's neighbors? That isn't very sovereign. It's these attitudes that prevented a more or less consensual Soviet Union across all of Eurasia. They have no people skills and the "I CRUSH YOU!" attitude isn't perfectly adaptable in today's global community.

    May 21, 2012 at 10:31 am | Reply
  5. krolus

    russia has claimed to have u.s. radar evading missles?so whats the prob commrades

    May 21, 2012 at 8:54 am | Reply

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