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Russia makes proportionate response to missile defense in Europe — Defense Ministry

July 30, 2015, 13:49 UTC+3 MOSCOW
Russia's Deputy Defense Minister Anatoly Antonov said his worst suspicions regarding what country US missile defense was aimed against had been confirmed
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MOSCOW, July 30. /TASS/. Russia is taking proportionate military and technical measures in response to the missile defense system the United States is creating in Europe, Deputy Defense Minister Anatoly Antonov said on Thursday.

"All decisions will be made, if and when there emerges a threat to Russia’s national security (from the US missile defense in Europe)," Antonov said.

He recalled that Iran’s nuclear problem had been settled, but "no statements the United States is terminating the creation of a missile defense in Europe have followed."

"This confirms our worst suspicions regarding what country these plans are targeted against in reality," Antonov said.

Russia’s modern missile systems to counter US missile defense

Head of the 4th department of the Central Research Institute of the Russian Defense Ministry Colonel Oleg Pyshny said last week that Russia’s modern missile systems are based on the technology solutions that will enable them to counter the US missile defense system.

"Indeed, we are closely monitoring the situation with the creation of the US missile defense systems, including those being deployed to Europe. We are aware of the program for the development of the SM-3 family of antimissiles. We believe that over time these missiles will be upgraded with systems that will pose a threat to us," Pyshny said.

He said all the threats are taken into account in the development of Russia’s missile systems. "Our modern missile systems are based on the technology solutions needed to counter these missile defense systems," the official said.

Infographics US missile defense system and NATO European Missile Defense System US missile defense system and NATO European Missile Defense System

The US has announced plans to reject the deployment of the fourth stage of the missile defense system in Europe and to refocus towards protection against potential North Korea missile attacks. Infographics by TASS

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