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Russia takes hard line on missile plan

Reports say that Moscow’s envoy to NATO warned Poland against accepting a US missile defense site, invoking memories of its World War II plight.

The reported comments follow Polish Foreign Minister Radek Sikorski’s trip to Washington, where he said Poland had reached an agreement in principle on plans for a US missile defense system on Polish territory.

“The Polish colleagues must be reminded of their recent history, which indicates that attempts to place Poland ‘on the confrontation line’ have always led to tragedies. That way Poland lost nearly one third of its citizens during World War II,” envoy Dmitry Rogozin was quoted by the Interfax news agency as saying.

“I was sure this horrible lesson would not be wasted and Poland would plan its foreign policy relying on friendly relations all along the borderline,” Rogozin was quoted as saying.

The comments, purportedly made in an interview with Interfax, could not be confirmed through Rogozin’s office.

Moscow, which has fiercely opposed US plans to deploy 10 missile interceptors in Poland and a radar in the Czech Republic, apparently hoped that new Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk could change course on the issue. (Kyivpost)