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Russia slams US foreign policy

Broadcast: 06/11/2008


LEIGH SALES, PRESENTER: Russia has marked Barack Obama's historic victory by announcing plans to
deploy a new missile system in Eastern Europe.

Within hours of the election result the Russian President had launched a stinging attack on US
Foreign policy.

Moscow correspondent Scott Bevan has this report.

SCOTT BEVAN, MOSCOW CORRESPONDENT: While history was being made in the United States.

BARACK OBAMA, US PRESIDENT ELECT: And all those watching tonight from beyond our shores, from
parliaments and palaces, to those who are huddled around radios in the forgotten corners of the
world, our stories are singular but our destiny is shared, and a new dawn of American leadership is
at hand.

SCOTT BEVAN: In the Kremlin a relatively new President was marking his own milestone as Dmitry
Medvedev delivered his first state of the nation address to the Russian people.

Yet much of what the Russian President had to say seemed designed for American ears as well.

DMITRY MEDVEDEV (Translation): We do not have problems with the American people, we are not born

SCOTT BEVAN: But Dmitry Medvedev made it clear that Moscow has a problem with some of Washington's
decisions, and US President-elect Barack Obama could be staring at a very pointed and potentially
dangerous foreign policy issue.

The Americans plan to station parts of a missile defence shield in the Czech Republic and Poland;
something that Moscow views as a threat.

In response Dmitry Medvedev announced that Russian forces will be deploying their own missiles in
the far west of the country, close to Poland.

DMITRY MEDVEDEV (Translation): In order to neutralise the US missile defence system an escanda
missile complex will be deployed in the Kalinigrad region if necessary.

SCOTT BEVAN: President Dmitry Medvedev mentioned other measures.

DMITRY MEDVEDEV (Translation): Also, electronic jamming of the new elements of the US missile
shield will be carried out.

SCOTT BEVAN: The Russian President made it clear that the strained relations with Washington was
due not only to the missile shield.

He's referring to Russia's August conflict with Georgia over the breakaway region of South Ossetia.

President Medvedev blamed it in part on the American support for Georgia, which sent in troops to
the South Ossetian capital Tskhinvali, but they were driven out by Russian forces.

DMITRY MEDVEDEV (Translation): Tskinvali's tragedy was a consequence of the US Administration's
policy, which is selfish and cannot stand criticism and prefers unilateral decisions.

SCOTT BEVAN: Dmitry Medvedev argued the conflict was used as a pretence to send NATO warships into
the Black Sea and allow for what he called the forceful hoisting one Europe the US missile defence

While the US featured prominently in Dmitry Medvedev's address that lasted almost an
hour-and-a-half, at no stage did he congratulate Barack Obama on being elected the next American

But the Russian leader did say that he hopes the new administration makes a choice of having fully
fledged relations with his country.

Scott Bevan, Lateline.