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Russia says US should drop European missile shield plans
Published :Saturday, 15 August, 2015,  Time : 12:00 AM  View Count : 13

MOSCOW, Aug 14: Russia urged the United States on Friday to scrap plans to station parts of a missile shield system in Europe now that Iran has reached an agreement with world powers to limit its nuclear program.
Moscow has long opposed the plan, which it sees as a threat to its nuclear deterrence, and vowed to retaliate if it is carried out. Washington has previously assured Moscow the shield was meant as protection from "rogue" states like Iran, and not directed against Russia.  Since the July agreement under which Tehran agreed to curb its nuclear program in exchange for an easing of UN, US and European Union sanctions, Moscow has stepped up its rhetoric against the missile shield.
"We don't see any reason to continue with the program, let alone at such an accelerated pace and with a clear aim at the Russian nuclear potential," Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov told reporters. In criticizing Washington for not cancelling the plan, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov last week went as far as to say that US President Barack Obama "was not telling the truth" in comments he made in 2009, linking the need for a missile shield to what he called the threat from Iran.     ?REUTERS











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