US missile shield plans due to Russia’s influence: official

April 11th, 2008 - 1:34 pm ICT by admin  

RIA Novosti
Ashuluk (Russia), April 11 (RIA Novosti) US plans to deploy a missile shield in Central Europe were caused by Russia’s increasing global power, the chief of the Russian General Staff has said. Russia has “straightened in the good sense of the word its economic, social and military shoulders”, Army General Yury Baluyevsky said Thursday. “And someone does not like it, that’s why the strategic stability we established 15 years ago in Europe has suddenly been destroyed.”

The US is planning to modify its X-band radar on the Kwajalein Atoll in the Pacific and relocate it to the Czech Republic as part of its proposed European missile shield, which will include deploying 10 interceptor missiles in Poland.

The missile defence plans have been fiercely opposed by Russia, which view them as a direct threat to its national security, and have contributed to bringing Washington-Moscow relations to their lowest point since the Cold War.
RIA Novosti

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