Medvedev warns U.S. of countermeasures against missile defence

2008-07-15 09:08:00 GMT       2008-07-15 17:08:00 (Beijing Time)       xinhuanet

MOSCOW, July 15 (Xinhua) -- Russian President Dmitry Medvedev warned the United States Tuesday of taking counter measures against its missile defense plan in Eastern Europe, saying such a plan "would only harm" regional security.

Medvedev said that his country will have to take adequate response to the deployment of the proposed U.S. missile defense shield in Eastern Europe.

"The placement of elements of a U.S. global missile shield in Eastern Europe would only harm the situation," Medvedev said at a meeting with senior Russian diplomats in Moscow.

Security "cannot keep on a prayer," Itar-Tass news agency cited the head of state as saying.

Washington proposed last year to establish an anti-ballistic missile shield in Central and Eastern Europe, including interceptor missiles in Poland and a radar station in the Czech Republic.

Moscow has repeated objections to the plans, saying it will undermine regional strategic balance, threat its national interests and warned to take counter measures against it which Washington says will only check missile attacks from Iran.

Several rounds of talks have taken place between the two states but there's no breakthrough yet on the issue.

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