Putin shoots down US missile defence plans

Putin shoots down US missile defence plans
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Russia’s President has renewed his attack on plans by the US to deploy a missile shield in Eastern Europe.

After meeting the Czech President at the Kremlin, Vladimir Putin warned that Moscow would take what he called “appropriate measures” to counter the system.

“We will not get hysterical about this but the US proposals would raise the risk of our mutual destruction,” he said.

Putin’s comments come a day after he threatened not to cooperate with a treaty limiting conventional arms in Europe.

Nato leaders meeting in Norway say they are “gravely concerned” by Putin’s suggestion that Russia could suspend membership of the 1990 Conventional Forces in Europe (CFE) treaty.

Nato Secretary General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer said the agreement was one of the cornerstones of European security

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