Wire: Russian Victory as Obama Kills Missile Defense for Czech, Poland
Off the Wire:
September 17: Obama kills missile defense for Poland on 70th anniversary of Soviet invasion...
WASHINGTON, Sept. 17, 2009 -- Newswire services this morning reported that President Barack Obama has decided to scrap plans for a U.S. missile defense shield in the Czech Republic and Poland that had angered Russia, the Czech prime minister confirmed Thursday.
The Associated Press reported that a Russian analyst said Obama's decision will increase the chances that Russia will cooperate more closely with the United States in the dispute over Iran's nuclear program.
A Kyivpost.com analysis said the demise of the missile shield may have unintended consequences, serving to embolden Russian hawks.
Russian diplomacy is largely a zero-sum game and relies on projecting hard power to force gains, as in last year's war with Georgia over the rebel regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia or the gas dispute with Ukraine at the start of this year.Czech premier Jan Fischer told reporters that Obama phoned him overnight to say that "his government is pulling out of plans to build a missile defense radar on Czech territory."
Western concepts of "win-win" deals and Obama's drive for 21st century global partnerships are not part of its vocabulary.
"The same happened with Poland. Poland was informed in the same way about this intention," Fischer said.
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(Report from newswire sources.)
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