Russia concerned over joint Japan-US missile defense effort

October 13, 2007 11:44


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Russia is concerned that a Japanese-US missile defense plan could be an effort to preserve military superiority, Moscow's foreign minister said in a news interview published Saturday. Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said Moscow regarded the joint missile defense effort as an "object of concern," expressing wariness over what he called the possibility that the system could be directed against Russia and China. "We oppose the construction of missile defense systems whose purpose is to ensure military superiority," Lavrov wrote in response to questions from Kyodo News agency, ahead of a visit to Japan later this month. Citing the views of specialists, Lavrov also expressed wariness over the possibility that the system could be directed against Russia and China, Kyoto said.

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