“It will be the same case with Poland.”
The Russian figurehead stopped short of specifically saying what the consequences of the missile shield would be and insisted that he was simply acting in response to provocative moves made by the U.S.
Russian troops in annexed Crimea
Putin rubbished claims that the missile shield was designed to protect against Iran’s nuclear programme and pointed out that the deadly weapons in the Eastern European countries could easily reach Russian cities.
He said: “How can that not create a threat for us?
Putin is angry at what he sees as provocative actions by America in Eastern Europe
The aggressive comments come as tension remains high in nearby Crimea, which Russia annexed in 2014.
Putin claims he was acting on the will of the Crimean people, who voted to join Russia and leave Ukraine, but Western figureheads consider the Russian President’s actions to be an illegal land grab.