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Russia's new threats may endanger Obama's 'reset' policy

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said this week that he has ordered the Russian military to immediately take measures to counter US plans to install advanced radars and anti-missile interceptors in European countries.

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev speaks during a United Russia party congress in Moscow, Russia, Sunday. President Medvedev warned that Russia will target US anti-missile sites in Europe and withdraw from the New START arms reduction treaty if the US doesn't change plans to deploy an anti-missile shield in European countries.

Pavel Golovkin/AP

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Russia will target US anti-missile sites in Europe, deploy advanced radars to monitor all missile launches from NATO territory, and might even withdraw from the New START arms reduction treaty that came into force this year unless Washington takes dramatic steps to allay Moscow's concerns over plans to deploy major elements of an anti-missile shield in several European countries, President Dmitry Medvedev warned this week.

In his toughest-ever foreign policy statement, which Russian officials qualified Friday as "a call to dialogue," Mr. Medvedev said he has ordered the Russian military to immediately take measures to restore the strategic balance – as Moscow understands it – to counter US plans to install advanced radars and anti-missile interceptors in countries such as Poland, Romania, and Turkey in the next few years.

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