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Russia may deploy missile system in response to European missile shield: Medvedev

(Xinhua)

10:23, November 24, 2011

MOSCOW, Nov. 23 (Xinhua) -- Russia may station contemporary missile systems in western and southern sections of the country if there are any additional U.S. missile deployments in Europe, President Dmitry Medvedev said Wednesday.

"If other measures are insufficient, the Russian Federation will deploy contemporary strike systems, for example, the Iskander systems, in the west and south in order to prevent fire damage from the U.S. missile defense deployed in Europe," Medvedev was quoted by the Itar-Tass news agency as saying.

Medvedev said in a special presidential statement that he has issued instructions to the Defense Ministry and the armed forces to put an early warning radar station in Kaliningrad into operation and to upgrade protection of Russia's strategic nuclear forces.

Also Russia would deploy its striking Iskander missiles in the Kaliningrad and southern Krasnodar regions, he said.

The missiles would be equipped with devices enabling them to get through anti-missile shields as well as to destroy opponents' missile guidance and information capabilities, according to the statement.

The president also warned that Russia may withdraw from the START treaty with the U.S. if the situation with the European anti-missile defense develops in an unfavorable way.

But at the same time he confirmed that Moscow still is willing to continue talks with the U.S. on condition that Russia's security concerns would be put into a legally binding document.

"It is still not too late to reach such an agreement," he said.

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