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Poland plans to deploy US Patriot missiles near Russian border

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Berlin, Jan 20, IRNA -- Poland plans to deploy US Patriot missiles in Morag, a town some 70 kilometers from the Russian border, Polish news reports quoted a defense ministry spokesperson as saying on Wednesday.

"In Morag we could offer the best conditions for American soldiers and the best technical base for the equipment," the Polish military official said.

The battery system will be manned by some 100 US soldiers, and will contain four to eight missiles.

It is scheduled to be stationed in Poland in April and will require around two months to set up.

The vicinity of Warsaw had previously been reported as the possible location to station the system.

Warsaw signed an agreement in December that outlined conditions for the eployment of American soldiers on Polish territory, and gave thumbs up to the new missile shield.

The short- and medium-range system is a less complicated version of a disputed Bush-era plan to base long-range missile-defense systems in Poland and the Czech Republic.

The original system triggered strong criticism from Russia, which said the missiles were aimed at its atomic arsenal.

The decision of US President Barack Obama to abandon the planned missile umbrella was reportedly linked to mounting costs and Moscow's steadfast opposition to the controversial project.

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End News / IRNA / News Code 909916



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