On Thursday, President Vladimir Putin said that Russia has the means to provide a proper response to the projected deployment of a US missile shield in Europe, although Moscow would prefer to see the American plans revised, saying to personnel at the 393rd Air Base in Krasnodar Krai, “We should look forward and give a response [to these plans] in a timely manner. Of course, our partners would better not do this [implement their missile shield plans], as this move would drive our response”. President Putin emphasised that whatever the rhetoric Western politicians use to describe their shield deployment plans, “this remains a part of the arms race. We have the means to provide a proper response”. In connection with this, Putin underlined the importance of timely implementation of state defence orders, saying, “We must implement state defence orders exactly on time, to an acceptable quality level, and at a reasonable price. If we do so, there’ll be no particular threat to us”.
14 June 2012
Mittens makes blustery threats… VVP simply says, “We have the means to counter their threats”. In short, Mittens is a lying loud-mouthed bully, whereas Vova doesn’t have to shout… when you’re right, you don’t have to.