A top Russian general called U.S. plans to place anti-missile
systems in former Soviet bloc countries a top national security
threat, the Associated Press reports.
General Yuri Baluyevsky, head of the Russian military’s
General Staff, said that Russia now faces even greater military
threats than during the Cold War, and the nation needs a new military
doctrine to respond to these challenges.
Baluyevsky has also criticized NATO. “Russia’s cooperation
with the West on the basis of forming common or close strategic
interests hasn’t helped its military security,” he
“Moreover, the situation in many regions of the world that
are vitally important for Russia and near its borders has sometimes
become more difficult.”
Russian-U.S. ties have worsened steadily in recent years over
disagreements on Iraq and other global crises. Washington has
been critical of the increasingly authoritarian streak in Russia’s
domestic policy and strong-arming of ex-Soviet neighbors.