Poland wants to build own missile defence

August 12th, 2012 - 1:20 am ICT by IANS  

Warsaw, Aug 11 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Poland wants to build its own missile defence system with help from France and Germany, the Polish press agency reported Saturday.

“We want it (missile defence system] to happen in cooperation with France, Germany and other our allies. NATO welcomes the initiatives of the countries to build up their joint defence capabilities. This is so-called smart defence,” Polish Defence Minister Tomasz Siemoniak told the agency.

The minister estimated the planned Polish missile defence system at $3-6 billion.

In early August, Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski said that Warsaw needed its own missile defence shield that would be a part of the NATO missile defence system.

The US scrapped plans in September 2010 for an anti-ballistic-missile defence system in the Czech Republic and Poland.

Moscow welcomed the move, and Russia’s then president Dmitry Medvedev said later that Russia would drop plans to deploy Iskander-M tactical missiles in its Kaliningrad region, which borders NATO members, Poland and Lithuania.

–IANS/RAI Novosti

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