President Barack Obama’s decision to abandon a big, fixed-installation missile defense shield in Eastern Europe is drawing some angry reaction abroad.
Conservatives in Poland, where the Bush administration planned to base interceptor rockets, and the Czech Republic, where a radar installation was planned, accused Washington of buckling to Russian pressure.
“Betrayal! The USA has sold us to the Russians and stabbed us in the back,” said the Polish tabloid Fakt.
The Czech daily Lidowe Noviny took a similar line. “Obama gave in to the Kremlin,” it said.