Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Russia dismisses US missile defence move

Russia dismisses US missile defence move: Russia said Monday it saw "no concession" in the US decision to abandon the final phase of its missile shield for Europe in favour of deploying new interceptors against a possible attack from North Korea.
The US move was seen in Washington as raising prospects for a revival of arms control talks with Russia.
But Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov told the Kommersant business daily: "This is not a concession to Russia and we do not see it as such. Our objections remain."
US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel said Friday that 14 more interceptors would be stationed in Alaska -- increasing by almost half the 30 already deployed along the western coastline. The aim is to have them in place by 2017.