close
This ad will auto close in 10 seconds

Moscow demands explanation over US missile deployment

Russia on Thursday said it wants an explanation from America and Poland on the deployment of US surface-to-air Patriot-type missiles near the Russian border.



Moscow: Russia on Thursday said it wants an
explanation from America and Poland on the deployment of US
surface-to-air Patriot-type missiles near the Russian border.

"We do not understand completely what is the need is
to create military infrastructure in close proximity to
Russian borders. These are the questions that we ask our
Polish colleagues and US partners," Foreign Minister Sergei
Lavrov said.

"So far we have been told only one thing: do not
worry, this is not aimed against you. We have already heard
this in the past and we consider that the new nature of
relations between Washington and Warsaw allows us to expect
more detailed explanations on what is happening," Lavrov said.

The Patriot missile base has been unveiled yesterday
under the US-2009 Supplemental Status of Forces Agreement
(SOFA) near the northern Polish town of Morag, 80 km from the
Russian border. It is the first such deployment on Polish
soil.

Yesterday, Polish Defence Minister Bogdan Klich
welcomed the stationing of US Patriot missiles on Polish soil,
describing it as an important step in strengthening Poland`s
security.

The Patriots, designed to intercept incoming
surface-to-surface missiles, and some 150 US troops due to
service them, arrived in Morag on Sunday.

Poland a former Soviet ally is a member of NATO.

Russia yesterday slammed the US decision to deploy the
Patriot in Poland, saying the move jeopardised bilateral
relations and security in the region.

PTI

From Zee News

0 Comment - Join the Discussions

trending

photo gallery

video


WION FEATURES

K8 Plus: Lenovo's new phone available @ Rs 10,999

Heavy security outside Dera Sacha Sauda headquarters in Sirsa as search operation begins

WATCH Exclusive: After Doklam standoff, India begins road construction near LAC

Hurricane Irma, rampaging through Caribbean, is most enduring super-storm on record

Three train derailments in 1 day, fourth accident narrowly-averted

China says Indian Army chief's views contrary to those expressed by Modi, Xi