Friday, August 15, 2008

Russia Gives The US Ultimatum

The Russian Federation ha given the United States an ultimatum. It must choose between Georgia and Russia. The American answer was not long in coming.

Poland and the United States reached an agreement Thursday to base American missile interceptors in Poland, the prime minister said, going ahead with a plan that has angered Russia and threatened to escalate tensions with the region’s communist-era master.

Speaking in an interview televised on news channel TVN24, Prime Minister Donald Tusk said the United States had agreed to help augment Poland’s defenses with Patriot missiles in exchange for placing 10 missile defense interceptors in the eastern European country.

“We have crossed the Rubicon,” he said, referring to U.S. consent to meet Poland’s demands.

Tusk said the agreement was initialed by negotiators late Thursday in Warsaw and includes a “mutual commitment” between the two nations — beyond that of NATO — to come to each other’s assistance in case of danger.
A mutual defense pact between Poland and America? This will definitely alter the correlation of forces between Russia and America. The ring is tightening.

Russia's behavior in Georgia has definitely altered the world scene. Not to Russia's advantage. Had they kept their agreement to pull out of Georgia I believe this deal wouldn't have happened. Russia has definitely overplayed its hand.

H/T Instapundit.

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