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NATO Chief Calls Russian Military Buildup In Kaliningrad 'Waste Of Money'

NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen
NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen
NATO chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen has urged Russia to refrain from building up its military near the alliance's borders, calling such a move “a complete waste” of financial resources.

Russia has warned that it plans to deploy Iskander missiles in its Kaliningrad territory, which borders NATO members Lithuania and Poland, after it failed to agree with the 28-nation alliance on a missile-defense shield.

Rasmussen told reporters on January 19 in Lithuania's capital, Vilnius, that Russia's plans were directed against “an artificial enemy, an enemy that doesn't exist."

Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite said Russia’s actions “do not increase trust between NATO and Russia."

Compiled from agency reports
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by: Milovan Rafailovic from: Lake Placid, Florida
January 28, 2012 20:08
It was a failure on Stalin's part not to build up Russian defenses before it was attacked by Germany. I think the Russians have learned something from that grave mistake.

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