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Russia Rattles Its Sabers

Vows reaction to new U.S.-Poland missile shield will go beyond diplomacy



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    US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Polish President Lech Kaczynski (R) meet with a press after their meeting before a signing a deal on deploying part of a US missile shield on Polish territory, on August 20, 2008 in Warsaw. The signing comes amid heightened tensions between the United States and NATO, and Russia over the conflict with pro-Western Georgia. AFP PHOTO / JANEK SKARZYNSKI (Photo credit should read JANEK SKARZYNSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

    Russia vowed that the agreed-upon missile shield that the U.S. will place on Polish soil, 115 miles from the Russian border, will be met with more than just political rhetoric.

    The brinkmanship and implied threat against the U.S. and/or Poland is the latest escalation of a resurgent Cold War, after the U.S. backed Georgia in a military incursion into Southern Ossettia that was fiercely repelled by the Russians. Although in the midst of a stated cease fire, Russian troops still occupy regions of Georgia and don't appear to be in a hurry to leave.