Russia to Respond to U.S. Missile Defense Shield in Europe via Belarus

Russia will probably station Iskander missile systems and strategic bombers in Belarus in response to deployment of the U.S. missile defense shield in the Czech Republic and in Poland, Interfax reported with reference to the RF Ambassador to Belarus Alexander Surikov.

"Belarus and Russia are contained by the Treaty of 1994 [on withdrawal of nuclear weapons from Belarus], where the United States is the guarantor. No one may breach the nuclear-free treaty, but the issues related to missile defense could be considered," Surikov pointed out Wednesday during the news conference in Minsk.

"It could be potential stationing of Iskander missile systems in Belarus, potential deployment of strategic bombers in Belarus, Kaliningrad, etc."

"It will be possible to discuss all these actions after the United States inks a treaty with Poland. After it, various actions of response but for the nuclear weapons supplies could be taken," the ambassador specified.



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