Putin vows Russian retaliation over U.S. missile shield | Reuters

ATHENS Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Friday Moscow had no choice but to retaliate over the U.S. missile shield in Europe, and warned that both Romania and Poland could find themselves in Russia's sights.

Some elements of the U.S. missile shield, which Putin said was a direct threat to Russia's security, are being installed in Poland, and some in Romania.

"If yesterday in those areas of Romania people simply did not know what it means to be in the cross-hairs, then today we will be forced to carry out certain measures to ensure our security," Putin said at a joint news conference in Athens with Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras.

"It will be the same case with Poland," Putin said.

But he insisted that Russia was not taking the first step, only responding to moves by Washington. "We won't take any action until we see rockets in areas that neighbour us."

(Reporting by Denis Dyomkin; Writing by Christian Lowe; Editing by Andrew Heavens)

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Updated Date: May 28, 2016 02:17 AM

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