Russia sees no concession in US defense plan for Europe
Iran Press TV
Mon Mar 18, 2013 10:58AM GMT
Russia says it saw 'no concession' in a decision by the United States to discard the final phase of Washington's missile shield plan for Europe.
On Monday, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said, "This is not a concession to Russia and we do not see it as such. Our objections remain."
US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said on March 15 that Pentagon planned to set up 14 more missile interceptors by 2017 in the state of Alaska to add to the 30 interceptors already deployed along the western US coastline.
Ryabkov said Moscow believed that the additional interceptors in Alaska "significantly expand US capabilities in the area of missile defense," and added, "We are not experiencing any euphoria about this."
With this decision, Washington will not go through with the fourth phase of its missile defense deployments in Europe, which were planned to be in Poland.
Moscow has long opposed the disputed plan, arguing that the would-be missile system in its "back yard" is not to secure the European allies of the United Stated but is effectively aimed at Russia.
Meanwhile, Hagel has said that the decision is part of an overall restructuring of how Washington viewed missile defense and international threats.
It is reported that Ryabkov is to meet Rose Gottemoeller, the US under secretary of state for arms control and international security, in Geneva on Tuesday to further discuss the matter.
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