"Poland, by deploying (the system) is exposing itself to a strike — 100 percent," Nogovitsyn, the deputy chief of staff, was quoted as saying.
He added, in clear reference to the agreement, that Russia's military doctrine sanctions the use of nuclear weapons "against the allies of countries having nuclear weapons if they in some way help them." Nogovitsyn that would include elements of strategic deterrence systems, he said, according to Interfax.
Bush officials say the deployment of a missile defense system for Poland was not intended to antagonize Russians as they carry out their invasion into neighboring Georgia. This seems more like the old Soviet leaders talking than supposedly modern democratic Russian leaders.