Despite offering to cooperate with Washington over its missile defence plan President Putin remains firmly opposed to it being cited in Poland and the Czech Republic.
At the summit he repeated Russia would respond. He said the project would damage Russian security. “We have to think of our response. Firstly it would mean a neutralisation of this danger. It means we will direct our missiles at those missiles,” he said.
Putin suggested both the US and Russia use the radar system in place in Azerbaijan to create a defence shield to protect Europe. Moscow rents it base in Gabala from the government there. The Russian leader says the installation covers the areas of the world the US considers to be under
threat from what it calls ‘rogue states’.