Russia insists on halt to US missile shield…

Russia says that the US must halt its plans to deploy a missile shield in Eastern Europe before the two countries can start a dialogue on missile defense.

Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman, Andrei Nesterenko, also insisted that Moscow would not cooperate in the Pentagon’s plans to site an anti-missile radar in the Czech Republic and interceptor missiles in Poland.

“We cannot agree to cooperate on the creation of sites which in their essence are designed to oppose Russia’s strategic deterrent forces. No one will do something that harms himself,” Nesterenko said.

“Only a US withdrawal from plans to place the so-called third position area of strategic missile defense in Europe can allow full-fledged dialogue to start on issues of cooperation in the reaction to probable missile threats.”
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