US denies missile defenses aimed at Russia


AFP
February 9, 2010

[efoods]WASHINGTON — The United States on Tuesday denied Moscow’s latest charge that US missile defense plans in Europe are aimed at Russia, insisting they are directed at Iran.

“The emerging missile defense architecture in Europe is not aimed at Russia, but rather the emerging threat from Iran,” said State Department spokesman Philip Crowley. “We continue to discuss ways in which we can cooperate with Russia on missile defense.”

The head of Russia’s armed forces, General Nikolai Makarov, was earlier quoted by Russian news agencies as saying, “The development and deployment of missile defenses is aimed against the Russian Federation.”

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