Russia activates early warning radar system
Russia took its first retaliatory step in response to America’s missile defence shield build-up on Tuesday by activating an early warning radar system in a Russian enclave bordering the European Union.
By Damien McElroy
29 Nov 2011
President Dmitry Medvedev announced the inauguration of a radar station in Kaliningrad that would track incoming missiles.
The Kremlin has taken a belligerent approach to American plans to defend against the growing Iranian missile threat by demanding that Russia is included as a full partner or it will go on its own.
Mr Medvedev heralded a four-stage response to the American plans in a speech last week. By taking the first step so quickly the Kremlin is demonstrating its determination not to be outflanked by America.
Further measures include strengthening defences around Russia’s strategic missile stockpiles, upgrading its missiles to penetrate the missile shield and deployment of anti-missile batteries on the borders of America’s European allies.
Russia fears that the American system will eventually neutralise its own short-range and intercontinental nuclear missiles.