Russia, NATO at odds over missile shield

The United States yesterday announced plans to complete the European missile-defence shield despite objections from Russia. Moscow stated the revised anti-ballistic shield continues to pose a national security threat, as it would be able to shoot down the country’s missiles.

Despite assurances that the shield, involving short-range interceptors based in Poland, Romania and on warships in the Mediterranean is aimed solely at protecting Europe against a potential threat from Iran, Russian officials are asking for legally binding guarantees, which Washington refuses.

The Russian Defence Ministry is currently holding an international 50-nation conference, where a computer simulation will demonstrate the potential threat of the system to Russia. US officials made it clear they don’t expect the issue to be resolved this year due to the upcoming presidential election.

The shield’s first phase is to be announced at the NATO Chicago summit this month.

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