US Could Deploy New Missiles in Europe - Defense Official
The head of the 4th Central Research Institute of the Russian Defense Ministry Col. Oleg Pyshny told reporters that Russian military officials are concerned with the possibility of the US to create new missiles.
"We observe the creation of US missile defense systems. Yes, we assume that in the SM-3 missiles family some new ones which will be a threat to us will appear with time. This year the first (with no interception) missile tests on 'SM-3 Block 2A' were conducted, which have already caused us concern," Pyshny stated.
Last week the US reached a deal with Iran on the containment of its nuclear program, and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that Moscow hoped Washington would adjust its European missile defense plans. The next day, a US State Department official said the historic agreement on Iran's nuclear program did not remove the need for European ballistic missile defenses to counter any potential threat from Tehran.
US Assistant Secretary of the Bureau of International Security and Nonproliferation Thomas Countryman announced that the chances of a US-Russian nuclear exchange remain at a historic low.