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Iran nuclear accord means Nato missile defence unnecessary: Russia

Published on Dec 5, 2013 1:41 AM

BRUSSELS (AFP) - The accord with Iran to curb its nuclear programme means a planned Nato anti-missile system in Europe, hotly opposed by Moscow, is no longer necessary, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavarov argued Wednesday.

Moscow fears the system would compromise its own defences while Nato says the project is meant only to protect Europe from Iranian development of long-range missiles.

The prospect that Iran would also develop a nuclear weapon - strongly rejected in Teheran - added to the momentum for the Nato defence system.

Now, if the agreement with Iran "is fully implemented... then there will no reasons to create a missile defence system in Europe," Mr Lavrov said.

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