"The Americans did not adhere to the declaration and began to deploy the anti-ballistic missile defense system in Europe. They merely informed Russia of this decision," the lead researcher at Moscow-based the Institute of Economic and International Relations explained.
Things did not go as planned.
"The partnership did not work out, although there was an opportunity to develop the missile defense system together. It would have been a more efficient approach that would have cost less," Dvorkin observed.
"We have repeatedly expressed our concerns, offered cooperation, proposed working with our American partners – but everything has, in fact, been rejected. What they are suggesting is not joint work, but talks on a given topic. No specific proposals; everything is done unilaterally, without taking into account our concerns," Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Friday.
Earlier this week, the Aegis Ashore base in Romania became operation. The next phase of the US missile defense initiative for Europe will see a base built in Poland. Construction has already begun.