Russia could deploy missiles near Poland: Officer…

MOSCOW – Russia could deploy its latest Iskander missiles close to Poland if plans to install U.S. Patriots on Polish soil go ahead, Interfax quoted a senior Russian officer as saying on Thursday.

Polish Deputy Defence Minister Stanislaw Komorowski told Reuters on Monday Warsaw wanted U.S. Patriot air defence missiles to be deployed this year regardless of whether President Barack Obama decided to press ahead with missile defence plans in Europe.

Moscow strongly opposes the missile shield proposed by Obama’s predecessor George W. Bush, which aims to place a radar in the Czech Republic and interceptor missiles in Poland. Russia says the shield is a threat to its security.

“Patriot systems, if they are deployed, will cover future work on installing a unit of the U.S. strategic air defence system with interceptor missiles in Poland,” Interfax news agency quoted an unidentified member of Russia’s general staff as saying.
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