Poland has risked incurring more of Moscow’s wrath, by signing the agreement to host America’s controversial anti-missile shield. After weeks of negotiations, Warsaw announced the deal had been finalised. The missiles will be sited on Polish soil, the Czech Republic will host their controlling radar station.
Washington has always insisted the shield is aimed at deterring rogue Middle Eastern states, code perhaps for Iran. But Moscow is outraged at the thought of such a system so close to its borders, and has threatened to re-target its own missiles at Europe. The Kremlin offered to share anti-missile technology with Washington, but was rebuffed.