Fatal blow on East Europe ABM plans: Russian permanent representative in NATO
Azerbaijan, Baku, March 27 / Trend , E.Ostapenko/
Resignation of the Czech government can significantly change the plans to deploy an anti-missile system in Eastern Europe, Russia's Permanent Representative to NATO Dmitry Rogozin said.
"Given the events initiated by the Czech Parliament, we can say that the plans on anti-missile shield in Eastern Europe have suffered if not fatal then an extremely painful blow. Yet, the blow may be fatal," Rogozin said at a press conference in Moscow on March 27, Vesti TV Channel reported.
Czech President Václav Klaus received resignation of Mirek Topolanek's government on March 26. The Czech Republic is chairing the EU.
Last Tuesday the Czech Parliament expressed no confidence to the Government of Mirek Topolanek. The opposition accuses the Cabinet of inaction in a situation of global economic crisis, as well as opposes to deploying U.S. anti-missile radar in the country.
"Though at the last moment the NATO aligned with U.S. plans on construction of a third position area in Eastern Europe, nevertheless it had experienced shock and awe to learn that the U.S. agreed on the issue with Prague and Warsaw behind the backs of all other allies," Rogozin said.
The previous U.S. administration planned to deploy 10 interceptor missiles in Poland and radar in the Czech Republic by 2013 under the pretext of protection from an alleged missile threat from Iran. Russia fears that these systems would threaten its security, and as a retaliatory step is ready to place Iskandar missiles in the Kaliningrad region.
The current U.S. administration does not express a commitment to deployment of anti-missile systems in Europe, nor rejects the project.
This stress point in the relations between Russia and the NATO is still kept, Rogozin said.
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