Russia is concerned about reports that the United States might deploy missile interceptors in the United Kingdom, ITAR-Tass reported yesterday (see GSN, Oct. 18).
“We do not have any official information about this at our disposal,” the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement. “But if such a joint decision between the U.S.A. and Britain took place, then it would be a new alarming step in the escalation of U.S. antiballistic-missile defense expansion.”
The ministry said that deployment of U.S. missile defense systems, such as radars and interceptors, outside of the United States “could represent a threat to Russia’s nuclear deterrent potential.”
“The Americans have assured us that the creation of U.S. antiballistic missile defense along with their foreign bases is not directed at Russia,” the ministry said. “However, we have not yet received an answer to our question on how this pledge can be insured and guaranteed” (ITAR-Tass/BBC Worldwide Monitoring, Oct. 20).