Russia’s top military officer warned Thursday that Moscow would strike NATO missile-defense sites in Eastern Europe before they are ready for action, if the U.S. pushes ahead with deployment.
“A decision to use destructive force pre-emptively will be taken if the situation worsens,” Russian Chief of General Staff Nikolai Makarov said at an international missile-defense conference in Moscow attended by senior U.S. and NATO officials.
Barry Blechman at the Stimson Center thinks Makarov must have drunk. It’s entirely possible. Either way, I’d be surprised to learn the veins on Vladimir Putin’s forehead didn’t bulge when he heard that.
Somebody had better walk that talk back.