Russian Deputy Defence Minister Antonov speaks to media during news conference in Moscow

RUSSIA SAYS U.S REFUSES TALKS ON MISSILE DEFENSE SYSTEM

Russian Deputy Defence Minister Antonov speaks to media during news conference in Moscow

According to Reuters media agency, The United States has refused Russian offers to discuss Washington’s missile defense programme, Russian Deputy Defence Minister Anatoly Antonov was quoted as saying on Sunday, calling the initiative “very dangerous”.

The media agency added that the Russian President Vladimir Putin last month warned Romania and Poland that they could find themselves in the sights of Russian rockets because they are hosting elements of the missile shield that Moscow considers a threat to its security.

Addressing a forum in Singapore, Antonov said the U.S.-backed project was creating problems for both Russia and China, complaining that Moscow had many times called on the United States to rethink its plans, the Interfax news agency reported.
“We have offered them cooperation many times and found ways we could solve the situation … But we did not manage to convince them to continue dialogue on this issue. As I understand it, now is not the best time for them to hold consultations,” Antonov said.

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