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Russia warns against US missile bases in east Europe

Iran Press TV

Tue Dec 9, 2014 1:7PM GMT

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has warned that Moscow will show an adequate response to the US deployment of a costly missile system in Eastern Europe.

'We warn that at some stage of the development of the American missile defense systems, we will have to take adequate measures to ensure our own security,' Lavrov said on Tuesday.

'We don't intend to get drawn into an expensive arms race but we will provide the defensive capabilities of our country reliably,' he added.

Russia says the US missile plans across the globe are a real threat not only to Russia but also to the whole world, adding the missile systems harm the strategic balance of forces across the globe.

The remarks were made amid escalating tensions between the West and Russia over the crisis in Ukraine.

The West accuses Moscow of having a hand in the crisis in eastern Ukraine, which erupted when Kiev launched military operations in April to silence pro-Russia protests in the east. However, the Kremlin rejects the accusation.

On October 10, the US military commissioned its new missile base in southern Romania amid strong opposition by Russia.

The military base will be the first to feature the Aegis Ashore ballistic missile system and it will be operational by the end of 2015.

Several hundred American military, civilian and contract employees would be deployed to the site.

Another missile base is scheduled to become operational in Poland by 2018.

Last year, the Russian Defense Ministry confirmed that it deployed several Iskander ballistic missile systems, which are capable of carrying nuclear warheads, in Kaliningrad.

The Iskander ballistic missile has a range of up to 500 kilometers (about 300 miles) and travels at hypersonic speed that makes it very difficult to intercept.

The deployment of missiles came in response to the development of the US missile system in Europe.

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