Medvedev wants Russia to have an equal voice in the design of the missile defense system and ironclad guarantees that the system will not be used against it. Dmitry Rogozin, Russia’s hard-line ambassador to NATO, said at a later news conference that Medvedev’s announcement does not herald a return to the Cold War.
Senator McCain is known for his “anti-Russian” and calls to abandon the merger with Moscow. He said it is a threat to the United States.
On Wednesday Dmitry Medvedev threatened to deploy in western and southern Russia of modern offensive systems to ensure the destruction of the missile defense facilities in Europe if the U.S. continued its deployment.
In addition the Head of State said that Russia could withdraw from the Treaty of the Russian-American Strategic Arms Reduction (START).