Medvedev gave an 85 minute speech in which he ratcheted up the Cold War rhetoric. Reminiscent of Russian behavior after Kruschev’s assessment of JFK as a “cream puff” which the Cuban missile crises, Russia lost no time in threatening movement of missiles close to NATO allies Poland and Lithuania.
Medvedev said Iskander missiles would be deployed to Russia’s western enclave of Kaliningrad, located between Poland and Lithuania, “to neutralize, if necessary, a missile defense system.”
Medvedev also blamed the United States for the Russian invasion of Georgia (!!) and refused to withdraw Russian troops from that country. He also threatened to jam the U.S. missile defense system, and blamed America for the world wide financial crisis. He spoke of extending the term of the Russian president from 4 years to six (making a later Putin dictatorship more likely).
He then concluded that it was up to the United States to remedy relations between Russia and the United States. It remains to be seen whether Barack Obama is willing to stand up to the bully. Putin and Medvedev are obviously betting that he is not.