Plans to base 10 interceptor missiles in Poland is not a threat to Russia and will protect Europe and the United States from a possible attack from Iran, the head of the US missile defense program said Thursday.
Russian officials have sharply criticized the plans, and the head of Russia's missile forces suggested Moscow could target the bases in Eastern Europe.
"This in no way, shape or form threatens the Russian missile fleet," Lt. Gen. Henry Obering told journalists in Berlin. "The numbers don't add up."
The interceptor base, along with a proposed radar in the Czech Republic, would be in the wrong place to stop Russian missiles, Obering said. In addition, there are only a small number of interceptors while Russia had thousands of nuclear weapons.