• Russian President Vladimir Putin stands at the entrance of the Greek prime minister's official residence in Athens, Friday, May 27, 2016. On his first trip to a European Union country this year, Putin sharply criticized western policy toward Moscow and called a newly-expanded U.S. missile defense system a threat to his country's security. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)

    Putin blasts West on first trip to EU country this year

    ATHENS, Greece (AP) — On his first trip to a European Union country this year, Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday sharply criticized western policy toward Moscow, describing a newly expanded U.S. missile defense system as a threat to his country’s security — and vowing to retaliate.