Moscow demands explanation over US missile deployment

Last Updated: Thursday, May 27, 2010 - 21:26

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



First Published: Thursday, May 27, 2010 - 21:26

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