A top Russian general was quoted on Monday as saying that the military would upgrade its missiles in response to US plans to deploy weapons in space. Interfax news agency quoted Col.-Gen. Nikolai Solovtsov as saying that Russia's intercontinental ballistic missiles would be modernized to protect them from prospective space-based components of the US missile defense system. Solovtsov is the chief of Russia's Strategic Missile Forces. Russian officials have criticized US plans for space-based weapons, saying that they could trigger a new arms race. Washington has resisted efforts by Russia and China to negotiate a global ban on weapons in space.