|Settlement of Iran nuclear issue makes European missile defense shield unnecessary: Lavrov||
TEHRAN – The settlement of the Iranian nuclear issue will make unnecessary the deployment of missile defense in Europe, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said, Voice of Russia reported.
“We presume that the solution of problems related to the Iranian nuclear program should lead to a revision of the concept of the U.S. missile defense network in Europe,” Lavrov said on Wednesday.
“In fact, the solution of the Iranian nuclear problem will do away with the premise, which explained the need for the deployment of missile defense in Europe,” he said.
Russian President Vladimir Putin said last Thursday that the true goals of the Western missile defense network did not correspond with its name.
“We are perfectly aware that missile defense systems are defensive only in name. In fact, this is a significant component of a strategic offensive potential,” Putin said in an annual address to the Federal Assembly.
Meanwhile, Director of the NATO Information Office in Moscow Robert Pszczel explained the need for missile defense in Europe with a combination of threats coming from more than one or two countries.
The United States has been citing for a long time the interception of missiles that may be launched by Iran as the primary objective of the network that is being deployed in Europe.
Russia has long protested at the placement of such bases on its borders, but during both, the Bush era and Obama’s terms, Washington has claimed that the bases are primarily directed against a potential threat from Iran, and are too close to Russia to stop any of its nuclear warheads.
On November 24, Iran agreed to offer some nuclear concessions in exchange for a loosening of substantial EU and U.S. sanctions that have been imposed on its economy.
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