14 May '11, 12pm

Russia must join Europe missile defence: Kremlin: MOSCOW - SYSTEMS to protect Europe from missile attack risk be...

MOSCOW - SYSTEMS to protect Europe from missile attack risk being ineffective and a threat to stability if they do not include Russia, President Dmitry Medvedev warned on Saturday. The Kremlin said Mr Medvedev has written a letter to Nato heads of states to make clear Russia's position on missile defence amid continued tensions with the West over the longstanding dispute. The letter appears to be a sign of growing frustration from Moscow that it is being sidelined by the West in discussions on the issue despite signs of progress late last year. 'A European missile defence system can only be genuinely effective and viable if Russia participates in an equal way,' the Kremlin quoted Mr Medvedev as saying. Mr Medvedev said it was necessary to be sure that the missile defence systems placed in Europe do not 'disrupt strategic stability and will not be directed against either of...

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