Any European missile defense network that includes elements of a U.S. missile shield in Poland and the Czech republic would be aimed against Russia, the Russian Foreign Ministry said on Monday.
Moscow has fiercely opposed the planned U.S. deployment of 10 interceptor missiles in Poland and a radar in the Czech Republic, saying they will pose a threat to its national security. Washington has said the bases are necessary in order to counter possible strikes from “rogue” states such as Iran.
From: RIA Novosti
Russian President Medvedev
“According to the final communique of the NATO foreign ministers [after a December 2-3 meeting in Brussels], any version of the NATO missile defense network in Europe will include the elements of the U.S. global missile defense placed in Poland and the Czech Republic,” spokesman Andrei Nesterenko said in a commentary posted on the ministry’s web site.
“This statement allows us to conclude that the so-called ‘integrated’ European missile defense network will be aimed against Russia,” Nesterenko said.
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev earlier threatened to deploy Iskander-M short-range missiles in the country’s Kaliningrad exclave, which borders NATO members Poland and Lithuania, if the U.S. missile defense system was deployed in central Europe.
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