Man, this is a time when I wish you could update a book you've written to cover new events. In my book, Turning Point, I talk about Apophis and its 1-in-45,000 chance of hitting the Earth. Of course, soon after I finalize and publish the book, new data comes out making it a 1-in-250,000 chance.
Such is the nature of science and proper data collecting. I'm okay with that. My point is still valid in that we need to make sure we seriously study and come up with legitimate solutions to save our bacon if we spot an asteroid heading for us, when the odds are 1-in-1.
With this in mind, I like what Russia is doing by planning a mission to nudge the orbit of Apophis, or at least test options, despite its ever growing odds of hitting us. Could they make the situation worse if they nudge it the wrong way, sure, but I doubt very seriously they'd be going into this half-cocked and without having all their ducks in a row. Additionally, they've already mentioned that they will invite the United States and other nations to join in the mission. Good. This only helps ensure proper mission planning.
However, leave it the the USA to be slightly arrogant about the idea and thump their chest about the risk of visiting Apophis. That's slightly depressing. I see it this way, if nothing else, we can get some seriously good data from a direct visit and test. Again, I'm giving the benefit of the doubt that everything will be planned properly.
And as the Russian Official said at the end of the article...
"People's lives are at stake. We should pay several hundred million dollars and design a system that would prevent a collision, rather than sit and wait for it to happen and kill hundreds of thousands of people," Perminov said, according to RIA Novosti.