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Putin: U.S. missile defense system is directed against Russia

2012-02-03 13:52

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin is confident that the missile defense system, deployed in Europe by the U.S. and NATO, is aimed against Russia, the BBC reported.

"Missile defense, of course, is aimed to neutralize a nuclear potential of Russia, since the radars, located close to our borders, and anti-missile systems will cover our territory to the Urals in order to block the sites of our nuclear forces", Putin said in the documentary film "Cold Policy".

Earlier, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov told the radio station "Echo Moskvy" that NATO was creating a European missile defense system to discount the strategic nuclear potential of Russia.

"In the near future Iran won't have missiles that could deliver a warhead - and I emphasize, I do not say a nuclear warhead, I say just a warhead, which would require the creation of such a missile defense system", Ryabkov said, adding that one of the causes of aggressive policy on missile defense is the fact that the Alliance seeks to discount strategic nuclear forces of the Russian Federation.

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