March 9, 2007 -- Russia has warned former Soviet republics in the Caucasus that relations with Moscow would be damaged if any country even considered deploying parts of a planned U.S. missile-defense shield.
The comments by Foreign Ministry spokesman Mikhail Kamynin came after the U.S. Missile Defense Agency earlier this month said Washington could be interested in locating a radar in an unspecified Caucasus state.
Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Georgia have all said they have not received a U.S. request to that effect.
Russia And The West
COOPERATION, CONFLICT, CONFRONTATION: Relations between Russia and the West are notoriously volatile. "To see the kind of relationship that presidents Bush and Putin have developed and to see Russia firmly anchored in the West, that's really a dream of 300 years, not just of the post-Cold War era," then-national security adviser Condoleezza Rice said in May 2002. But observers have increasingly called into question the extent of the shared values between Russia and the West, particularly on issues relating to the transformations going on in other former Soviet countries.