Russia Ready to Station Iskander Missile Systems, Bombers in Belarus

Russia's Iskander missile systems and/or strategic bombers will be probably stationed in Belarus, Interfax reported with reference to the RF Ambassador to Belarus Alexander Surikov. According to the ambassador, it will be the response to deployment of the U.S. missile defense shield in the Czech Republic and Poland.

The strategic bombers could be also stationed in Kaliningrad and in other bordering regions, Surikov said, emphasizing, however, that Russia won't breach the Treaty of 1994 on withdrawing nuclear weapons from Belarus, for which the United States is the guarantor.

Russia would be forced to response to deployment of the U.S. missile defense components near its borders "not through diplomatic but by military and technical methods," the RF Foreign Ministry announced in July.

Moscow believes that the plans of Washington are aimed at weakening nuclear deterrence potential of Russia. The U.S. leadership insists that the purpose to attain is to counter a potential threat of such states as Iran.

The cabinet of the Czech Republic endorsed May 21, 2008 the agreement on hosting the U.S. radar, while the agreement on its construction was inked July 8, 2008. As to Poland, it is willing to conclude such agreement with a new president of the U.S., who will be elected in November.



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