Russia threatens to destroy US missile shield in Europe

Updated: 2012-05-12 07:23


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MOSCOW - Russia is ready to destroy US missile defense facilities in Europe if Moscow considers them as real threats, Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov warned Friday.

"(The deployment) raises our certain concerns, therefore we will destroy the missile defense," Serdyukov told reporters in Russia's Black Sea resort of Sochi.

He said that the Russian forces would not need any additional means to fulfill that task as the existing Iskander missiles are capable to neutralize the US launching facilities.

Meanwhile, Serdyukov said Moscow is still waiting for US proposals on the disputed missile defense system in Europe.

Moscow has long opposed the deployment of US missile defense facilities near its borders and called for legally binding guarantees from the United States and NATO that the missile shield is not targeting Russia.