Russia sees 'no concession' in US missile defence move
MOSCOW (AFP) - Russia said on Monday it saw "no concession" in the US decision to abandon the final phase of its missile shield for Europe while deploying new interceptors against a possible attack from North Korea.
"This is not a concession to Russia and we do not see it as such," Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov told the Kommersant business daily. "Our objections remain."
US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel said last Friday that 14 more interceptors would be stationed in Alaska - increasing by almost half the 30 already deployed along the western coastline. The aim is to have them in place by 2017.
North Korea has threatened to unleash a second Korean War - backed by nuclear weapons - in response to UN sanctions imposed after its third atomic test in February and joint South Korea-US military manoeuvres.