Yesterday, in an op-ed in the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten, Russia’s Ambassador to Denmark Mikhail Vanin issued a direct threat to the Danish people over Denmark’s announcement last year that it would join NATO’s missile defense shield. In August 2014, Denmark announced that it would offer at least one of its three Iver Huitfeldt-Class Air Defense Frigate to be upgraded with missile defense capable radars. ( Read MDAA’s Alert: Great Danes)
“I don’t think that Danes fully understand the consequence if Denmark joins the American-led missile defence shield. If they do, then Danish warships will be targets for Russian nuclear missiles.
“Denmark would be part of the threat against Russia. It would be less peaceful and relations with Russia will suffer. It is, of course, your own decision – I just want to remind you that your finances and security will suffer. At the same time Russia has missiles that certainly can penetrate the future global missile defence system.
“Denmark is a small country with a small army. OK – you are part of Nato, but a very small part. Moscow will not appreciate you joining the missile defence system – or any of the other countries that take part. It will escalate a situation that is already tense and will make things even worse.”
– Russian Ambassador to Denmark, March 22, 2015
Today, NATO responded to the Russian Ambassador’s comments.
“Denmark is a staunch NATO ally and NATO will defend all allies against any threat.”
– NATO spokesperson Oana Lungescu, March 23, 2015
These bullying threats of intimidation by Russia aimed at one of the 28 NATO countries match the rhetoric of North Korea and Iran regimes. Such audacious statements demonstrate Russia’s current lack of credibility and responsible leadership. This statement by Russia has only galvanized the strength of NATO and its immovable determination to field missile defense capabilities throughout NATO countries to protect and defend against any external ballistic missile threats. Equally important, these Russian threats have hardened the resolve of the Danish people.
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