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Russia: Iran deal ends need for European missile defense

05 December 2013, 08:12

Brussels - Russia's foreign minister says an international deal aimed at preventing Iran from developing nuclear weapons will in the long run eliminate any need for a missile defence system in Europe.

American officials have said the missile defences it wants to install in Europe will protect Nato allies and counter any threat from Iran.

Russia has long opposed the plan, and sees the system as a threat to the viability of Russia's own nuclear arsenal as a deterrent.

In Geneva earlier this month, leading world powers reached a deal with Iran to ensure that its nuclear program remains peaceful.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov told reporters after a meeting on Wednesday with Nato counterparts there's "no reason" for the missile defence plan if that deal is implemented fully.

- AP


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