lunes, 25 de noviembre de 2013

¿No need for European MDS?

There's no need for a missile defense shield in Eastern Europe if the Iranian nuclear threat subsides, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Monday.

NATO is currently rolling out its new Europe-wide missile defense shield, which will include two interceptor bases close to the Russian border in Romania and Poland, with the first of the first ground missiles becoming operational in 2015. The bases will be able to shoot down short and medium-range ballistic missiles.

Lavrov recently called missile defense a “burning issue” in Moscow-Washington relations, and said that Russia will soften its stance on the Eastern European bases only if NATO provides written assurances that they will never be used to shoot down Russian missiles. 

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