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Russia berates planned U.S. anti-missile shield

Reuters | October 10 2006

Russia hit out on Tuesday at U.S. plans to deploy an anti-missile shield on Polish soil, saying the move was an attempt to destabilize the balance of power.

Washington is investing billions of dollars to develop a missile defense system which would use rockets to shoot down hostile missiles.

It is considering placing its biggest anti-missile site outside the United States and is talking to Poland and the Czech Republic about possible locations.

"We see this as an element of destabilizing the situation, an attempt -- and no more than that -- to change somewhat the strategic balance," Russian Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov told a news conference.

Russia's Foreign Ministry has already said Moscow would take unspecified measures against Poland if it decides to host the anti-missile shield.

Poland has said that no decision has yet been taken and that Russian protests are premature.


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