Russia promises ‘sword’ to thwart U.S. missile shield

MOSCOW: The official considered to be a leading contender to succeed President Vladimir Putin criticized a landmark Soviet-U.S. arms treaty as being a “relic of the Cold War,” and promised that Russia would have a “sword” capable of piercing a U.S. missile shield.

During a two-hour news conference Wednesday, First Deputy Prime Minister Sergei Ivanov harshly criticized U.S. plans to deploy elements of its missile defense system in Poland and the Czech Republic, saying that Moscow does not trust Washington’s claims that they are intended to fend off potential missile threats from Iran.

Source: IHT/AP