Some tough talking was expected today in a visit by the Russian Foreign Minister to Warsaw. Sergei Lavrov was expected tell Prime Minister Donald Tusk of the possible consequences of Poland’s participation in America’s missile shield programme.
Russian President Dmitri Medviedev has spoken of an unspecified “military response” to Poland’s hosting of part of the system that Washington says is intended to defend it from attacks by what it calls “rogue states”.
Poland agreed last month to allow 10 interceptor missiles to be based on its soil. The Czech Republic has also earned the Kremlin’s wrath by signing up to the pact.
In an interview in a Polish newspaper today Lavrov said Moscow wanted convincing guarantees Russia would not be targeted.
Tensions between the two countries have also been heightend by Poland’s support for Georgia in last month’s war with Russia.