Russia exasperated with U.S. over missile defense

The Christian Science Monitor reports: “A top Russian defense official warned that NATO’s plans to install an anti-missile shield in Europe are a ‘litmus test’ for future relations between Moscow and the West.

The tough statement by deputy defense minister Anatoly Antonov comes ahead of a planned summit between Russian president-elect Vladimir Putin and President Obama, and signals Moscow’s growing exasperation with the US position after a flurry of optimism earlier this month.

Russian sources say it appears to be a long and empty dialogue that will ultimately leave Russia out in the cold as NATO deploys its missile shield, which is ostensibly meant to protect against Iranian missiles.

‘This is a very sensitive subject for us,’ says Andrei Klimov, deputy chair of the State Duma’s international affairs committee. ‘It looks like the Americans are just stringing us along. If this anti-missile system is really not directed against Russia, why not sign a legal document declaring that? Why not to give Russia access to real monitoring of the system?’…” (President Obama recently told Medvedev to tell Putin that he will make changes favorable to them after the election. He has also promised the same to the Palestinians after he’s elected a second time. God help America if he wins – James 1:8.)

Russia Deplores West’s Hostile Attitude towards Iran

The Fars News Agency reports: “A senior Russian diplomat lashed out at the West for its hostile approach towards Iran, and warned that the attitude will undermine the unity of the international community.

‘Although Russia agrees with the international community on the need for further transparency about the peaceful nature of Iran’s nuclear program, it considers imposing unilateral sanctions against Iran as an impediment to the unity of the international community,’ Russia’s permanent representative to the United Nations, Vitaly Churkin, said…

Speaking to Russian Radio, Churkin stressed that Russia favors Iran and the Group 5+1 to resume their talks to remove the differences and ambiguities…” (Iran and Russia will be allies in the next war. This headline is a preview of what’s ahead. Ezekiel chapters 38 and 39 predict a rapidly approaching war headed up by Russia. Ezekiel 38:5 sees Persia allied with Russia. Persia changed its name to Iran in 1935.)