Russia Will Act to Neutralise US Missile Shield Threat, Says Putin
The US ballistic missile defence in Europe, is a step to a new arms race, Russian President Vladimir Putin said.
- A ballistic missile defence shield which the United States has activated in Europe, is a step to a new arms race, Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Friday. Putin vowed to adjust budget spending to neutralise “emerging threats” to Russia.
- The United States switched on the $800 million missile shield at a Soviet-era base in Romania on Thursday, saying it was a defence against missiles from Iran.
- Frank Rose, deputy US Assistant Secretary of State for arms control, warned at the time that Iran’s ballistic missiles could hit parts of Europe. Putin, however, said the prospect of a nuclear threat was being used by Washington as an excuse to develop its missile shield in Europe.
- The full defensive umbrella, when complete in 2018 after further development in Poland, will stretch from Greenland to the Azores.
(with input from Reuters).
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