Russia slams US deployment of missiles in Poland



Russia slams US deployment of missiles in Poland Moscow: Russia Wednesday criticized the United States' deployment of Patriot missiles in Poland, saying the move jeopardized bilateral relations and security in the region.

A battery of US surface-to-air Patriot-type missiles arrived Sunday at a Polish military base, the first such deployment on Polish soil.

Polish officials were to unveil the Patriots, which are designed to intercept incoming surface-to-surface missiles, today.

"It is unclear why such a region located in the immediate proximity to the Russian border has been found for the deployment and where, as far as we know, there are no objects of military infrastructure," the Interfax news agency quoted an unnamed foreign ministry official as saying.

"Such actions do not fit the current level of our ties, do not lead to the strengthening of stability in this region but on the contrary decrease trust and predictability," the official said.

The missiles will be stationed at a military base at Morag, which is just 60 kilometres from the border with Russia's Kaliningrad territory.

"We do not understand the logic and direction of this move," the official said. "We have repeatedly raised the issue with the Americans and the Poles but have not received real answers to our questions."

Up to 150 US troops based in Kaiserslautern, Germany, are to service the battery in Poland and train Polish soldiers to operate it.

Russia and the United States have over past months sought to improve ties damaged under the previous US administration but Washington has also said its "reset" ties with Moscow will not hurt relations with east European allies like Poland.

PTI