My thoughts.... (1) who the hell is he to tell the West what to do with that missile defense system, a system which by its' very design would not stop a concerted Russian attack and (2) with all due respect, Mr. Putin, shouldn't it up to the peoples of Eastern & Central Europe to decide and not you, sir?
Under the Monroe Doctrine, it was damn well our business at the time, especially given the missiles the former Soviet Union had there, some of which could reach as far as Chicago & Detroit? I mean, I know we Americans can be slow on the international uptake at times, but dude, once we knew those missiles were there, they were going to leave one way or the other....and the way we got the Soviets to take them out of Cuba was the classic way a country deals with a pathological bully: you use enough force (or the threat of using said force) as a card to play in the hopes that your opponents sees that your serious and steps back from the brink.did the USA interfere with the missile system that the Soviet Union tried to put in place in Cuba back in 1962? What business of it was the USA to interfere in that?
...what business is it of Russia's to tell its' neighbors what they can or can't do?and you don't think that Russia has self defense concerns about every NATO country around them building missile systems as the EU grows closer to Russia's boarders? Doesn't matter if you agree with it or not, what matters to world security is that Russia feels threatened and is prepared to defend itself if needed.
"Was dragged"? 1939 SU entered the war in agreement with Nazi Germany, occupying then-independent Baltic countries, half of Poland and other areas and trying to occupy Finland. And in 1941 they were "dragged" only because Germany (and Finland) attacked first, Stalin had underestimated Hitler, assuming Germany wouldn't start two-front war and SU could re-enter the battle after Hitler and West had beat the crap out of each other.Seriously, do you really think that Russia, the country that was dragged into two world wars with the loss of 22 million people in WW2 alone, will sit back and do nothing while NATO surrounds it's boarders?