: Reuters: Russia says U.S. refuses talks on missile defence system

18:42 Jun. 5, 2016

Reuters: Russia says U.S. refuses talks on missile defence system

President Andrzej Duda and US Deputy Secretary of Defence Robert Work during the inauguration of a US anti-missile station on May 13, 2016 in Redzikowo, Poland (Getty Images)

The U.S. military says the shield is needed to protect the United States and European allies from Iran, not threaten Russia

The United States has refused Russian offers to discuss Washington's missile defence programme, Russian Deputy Defence Minister Anatoly Antonov was quoted as saying on Sunday, calling the initiative "very dangerous". 

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Russian President Vladimir Putin last month warned Romania and Poland that they could find themselves in the sights of Russian rockets because they are hosting elements of the missile shield that Moscow considers a threat to its security.

Addressing a forum in Singapore, Antonov said the U.S.-backed project was creating problems for both Russia and China, complaining that Moscow had many times called on the United States to rethink its plans, the Interfax news agency reported. Full story 

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