Russia warns on Nato missiles plan
RUSSIA’S top military officer has threatened to launch a pre-emptive strike if Nato goes ahead with controversial plans for a missile defence system in Eastern Europe. President Dmitry Medvedev said last year that Russia will retaliate militarily if it does not reach an agreement with the United States and Nato on the plans. Chief of General Staff Nikolai Makarov went even further today. “A decision to use destructive force pre-emptively will be taken if the situation worsens,” he said.