Russia issues new warning over US missile shield

MOSCOW (AP) -- Russian President Dmitry Medvedev warns that his country may offer a military response to a U.S. missile shield in Europe.

Medvedev says that the deployment of an anti-missile system close to Russian borders "will of course create additional tensions."

He was quoted today by a Russian news agency as saying, "We will have to react somehow, to react, of course, in a military way."

Russian officials have already warned of a military response to the U.S. plans, but the statement by the Russian leader was likely to further aggravate already tense relations with the West.

The comments come after Medvedev recognized two Georgian regions as independent nations, prompting criticism from the U.S. and Europe.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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