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Medvedev warns of new Cold War over missile deal

In World News on May 19, 2011 at 11:57 pm

By Maria Antonova

President Dmitry Medvedev Wednesday warned of a new Cold War era if Russia and the West failed to agree on missile defence, in the first major news conference of his presidency.

Despite the startling warning to the United States and Europe, Medvedev confounded expectations he would use the event to finally announce if he intends to seek a new Kremlin mandate in 2012 elections.

Russia is increasingly worried about US plans to build missile defence facilities in ex-Communist eastern Europe and is also offended that NATO appears to have shunned its proposals for a joint missile defence shield.

Medvedev told reporters that the US decision to push ahead with construction of the missile defence system despite Russia’s objections will force…

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