Russian president urges NATO over anti-missile defense issue

16:28, December 04, 2010      

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Russian President Dmitry Medvedev on Friday urged to discuss anti-missile defense (ADM) issues promptly, so as not to let a new arms race commence.

Following talks with visiting Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, Medvedev said that Russia was ready to discuss the ADM problem in the frames of Russia-NATO council.

"The most important thing is to do this on time," Medvedev said, adding that Moscow was ready to take responsibility for entire sector of Europe regarding ADM.

"If we will not agree, in 10 years those who will work on our posts by that time, will have to bear very difficult problem. They will have to make decisions about the responsive measures, that is about starting arms race," he was quoted by Itar-Tass news agency as saying.

"In 2020, they will deploy radars and missiles, and be angry with each other. It's the worst case scenario," Medvedev noted.

Moscow has long opposed the deployment of NATO missile defense facilities near its borders, claiming they would be a security threat and upset the strategic balance of force in Europe.

Source: Xinhua

(Editor:张茜)

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