French President Nicolas Sarkozy said Friday that a planned U.S. missile defense system in Europe would do nothing to help European security, reported Forbes.
U.S. leaders have repeatedly insisted that the system is designed to protect the region from an Iranian threat.
Sarkozy, currently the EU president, has expressed doubt about the plans for a U.S. missile shield in Poland and the Czech Republic . He spoke out strongly against it at a summit with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev.
"Deployment of a missile defense system would bring nothing to security in Europe ... it would complicate things, and would make them move backward," Sarkozy said.
Russia recently threatened to install short-range missiles close to EU borders in response to the U.S. missile defense plans.
Medvedev argued against any "unilateral" moves such as the U.S. plan.
"We all live in one house, let's all get together and find a way to reach an agreement," he said.