US-Czech Republic defense deal
The deal to create a radar station southwest of Poland, where Washington wants to put 10 interceptor rockets that would be guided by the Czech site. Talks with was marred by a failure to seal a corresponding pact with Warsaw have run into a snag over Warsaw’s demands for billions of dollars to modernize its army and air defenses.
Washington says the shield would defend it and its European allies against missile attacks from a foe such as Iran, and points to intelligence suggesting Tehran could develop a long-range missile capable of striking its soil by 2015.
“We face with the Iranians, and so do our allies and friends, a growing missile threat that is getting ever longer and ever deeper, and where the Iranian appetite for nuclear technology … is still unchecked,” Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said in Prague.
Moscow has already warned US about the consequences of this agreement… that is, Russia has menaced both US and Czech Republic about the “consequences if they deploy the missile shield.