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What is Putin so afraid of? Loss of political influence in Eastern Europe? The Russians could hardly have less. Further US military integration with Eastern Europe. Certainly. Russian inability to threaten limited nuclear strikes? Possibly. See first sentence of article below.
Polish Leader Embraces Missile Plan
Enthusiastic ally is host to Bush after G-8 summit
By Mark Silva
Published June 9, 2007
Complete article: http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/...,1,4668418.story?coll=chi-newsnationworld-hed
ROME -- President Bush, pressing ahead with plans to deploy a battery of missiles in Poland, said Friday that the defense system will guard against "regimes who might be willing to try to blackmail free nations."
Polish President Lech Kaczynski, playing host to Bush in Gdansk for a walk in the woods, a meeting and a dinner, said: "I can tell you, as far as the missile defense system is concerned ... we completely agree.
"This system has no aggressive intentions," Kaczynski said. "This is for the protection of Europe against the danger that results from the fact that not all the countries of the contemporary world" are cooperative.
Bush's plan for deployment of 10 defensive missiles in Poland faces opposition from Russia, where President Vladimir Putin calls it "premature." Yet Putin this week offered to let the U.S. share a Soviet-built radar installation in the former Soviet satellite of Azerbaijan to serve as the eyes of a missile defense network in Europe. He also suggested Friday that the U.S. station the missiles for the network on ships at sea or in Turkey or Iraq.