Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday warned Romania and Poland they could find themselves in the sights of Russian rockets because they are hosting elements of a U.S. missile shield that Moscow considers a threat to its security.Wow.
Putin issued his starkest warning yet over the missile shield, saying that Moscow had stated repeatedly that it would have to take retaliatory steps but that Washington and its allies had ignored the warnings.
Earlier this month the U.S. military -- which says the shield is needed to protect from Iran, not threaten Russia -- switched on the Romanian part of the shield. Work is going ahead on another part of the shield, in Poland.
"If yesterday in those areas of Romania people simply did not know what it means to be in the cross-hairs, then today we will be forced to carry out certain measures to ensure our security," Putin told a joint news conference in Athens with Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras.
What is going on with Vlad? This isn't smart. This isn't the way to drive a wedge between the US and NATO! Many, myself included, have become tired of the expense that comes with membership in NATO. One of the Presidential contenders has said the same.
So why do this now?
It makes no sense. What is going on with Russia and WHY would he feel comfortable in making these statements with the Greek Prime Minister present?
Something weird is going on in Europe.