The US has announced plans to build what it calls a “missile defense shield” in Eastern Europe, specifically Poland. The plans were scrapped two years ago. But plans to build the shield have been restarted.

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US officials say that the missile defense shield is designed solely for the purpose of protecting NATO allies in Western Europe against missile attacks from Iran.

The placement of missiles in Eastern Europe has provoked Russia.

Last month, in response to the building of the missile shield, Russian president Medvedev said that their “missile attack early warning radar station in Kaliningrad was on combat alert” and that “the Russian Federation will deploy modern offensive weapon systems in the west and south of the country ensuring their ability to take out any part of the US missile defence system in Europe.”

The United States government says that it does not care what Russia thinks and will build the shield anyway.

U.S. Official Says Missile-Defense Shield Will Move Forward

WASHINGTON — The American ambassador to NATO on Friday dismissed recent expressions of outrage from Moscow over proposed missile defenses in Europe, saying that the NATO deployment will proceed “whether Russia likes it or not.”

The ambassador, Ivo Daalder, said the United States was well aware that “there are significant forces within Russia” that believe that the alliance’s system of radars and interceptors could blunt Moscow’s own arsenal of missiles, and thus undermine Russia’s strategic deterrent.

Mr. Daalder said he would meet officials from Moscow at NATO headquarters in Brussels next week to explain — once again — that the alliance shield is designed solely to defend against a potential missile attack from Iran.

But Mr. Daalder also noted that recent complaint, especially from President Dmitri A. Medvedev of Russia, might be motivated by the demands of domestic politics ahead of national elections there. The American commitment to work with NATO allies and deploy the missile shield is founded on a belief that Iran is accelerating its program to field missiles capable of reaching across NATO territory in Europe, Mr. Daalder said. Read rest of article.