Minister: Russia to respond to U.S missile defense system in Europe
Azerbaijan, Baku, Dec. 16 / Trend E. Tariverdiyeva /
Once the U.S. missile defense system hits Poland, Russia will take adequate retaliatory measures, Russian Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov said in an interview with Rossiyskaya Gazeta.
"Russia will not allow violating the existing strategic balance," Serdyukov said. "The tasks set before the armed forces by the president include countering threats to our strategic nuclear forces. The radar warning system for missile attack was commissioned in Kaliningrad."
The U.S. does not intend to abandon its deployment of a missile defense system in Europe, the National Security Council said on Nov. 23.
The United States said the missile defense system is not directed against Russia.
President Medvedev announced the military actions that Russia will take in response. He decided to make the plans after talks with U.S. President Barack Obama failed at the APEC summit.
The radar station near Kaliningrad uses only 30 percent of its potential. Work on increasing its capacity is going around the clock. The full capacity will be met in 1.5 years.
It will then be able to detect all types of ballistic missiles at ranges of up to 6,000 km and simultaneously monitor up to 500 objects," he said.
Serdyukov said the Defense Ministry's plans include the deployment of anti-aircraft missile systems in Kaliningrad.