Russia still wary of US missile shield

Moscow, Feb 15 (Prensa Latina) Russian Foreign Minister Serguei Lavrov on Sunday reiterated that the planned US missile defense shield in Europe poses a threat to Russia´s security and correlation of forces worldwide.

According to Lavrov, the missile defense system has no relation at all with the Iranian nuclear program, but it points directly at Russia's strategic arsenal and deterrent potential.

“Through direct channels and experts, we have repeatedly told the US side we are totally convinced the shield has nothing to do with Iran’s nuclear program,” the diplomat said.

Moscow viewed the plan to site missiles in Poland and a radar tracking station in the Czech Republic as a threat to its security in its traditional backyard.