US Secretary of the State Colin Powell stated that US plans to set up a National Missile Defence did not undermine Russian deterrence potential. Following a meeting with the Russian President, Powell stated that the US intention to create "a limited NMD system targeted against irresponsible countries with missiles equipped with nuclear warheads, which could be used as a weapon of mass destruction, does not undermine Russian deterrence potential as far as strategic nuclear forces are concerned." At the same time, the US Secretary of the State added that the present ABM Treaty was imposing certain limitations on American research, development and creation of such limited systems.
After the incident with the shootdown of the Ilyushin Il-20 reconnaissance aircraft over the Mediterranean Sea, Russia will supply an S-300 anti-aircraft missile system to Syria
Indeed, how dare they run US-independent policy? They should have followed the example of the European Union that turned independent states of the Old World into US-ditto entities