Despite progress being made concerning nuclear talks with Iran, Russia says US and EU officials are trying to “think up” new reasons to deploy a missile shield in Europe. Moscow says there is no need for the defensive system in Europe.
The US has assumed control of a missile-intercepting defense base in southern Romania as part of a new and controversial NATO missile shield in a move that has unsettled Russia as NATO bolsters its presence in Europe.
The US and NATO have begun revamping a military base in Romania which will be a crucial part of the American-led anti-missile shield in Europe. The NATO missile defense system remains a bone of contention in US-Russian relations.
Russia’s Strategic Missile Forces have reported a successful launch of a next-generation ICBM that can supposedly pierce any anti-ballistic missile (ABM) system. The test came after the US announced it would resume its ABM program in Europe.
Washington wants to continue dialogue with Moscow on its planned European missile defense shield, says Russia's Deputy Foreign Minister. However, Russia’s causes for concern over the project have not been removed, he underlined.
The window of opportunities to reach consent on the US missile shield in Europe is elapsing, PM Dmitry Medvedev told Cuban media, as Russia will have to retaliate to protect national strategic interests - no matter who is in charge in the Kremlin.
The planned multibillion-dollar missile shield for Europe is flawed to a degree that it might never be able to fulfill its ostensible goal – protecting the US from Iranian missiles – secret Defense Department studies reveal.