Russia drops missile plan

Dmitry Medvedev

"When I first mentioned this idea, I said we would site Iskander missiles in response to the decision to implement the missile shield," Medvedev told reporters on Friday after the G20 summit in the US city of Pittsburgh.

"Since this decision has been cancelled, I naturally took the decision not to place Iskander missiles in the corresponding region of our country."

Last week, Moscow confirmed that it had dropped a threat to site missile batteries in Kaliningrad, a Russian enclave on the Baltic coast entirely surrounded by NATO member states.

Russia had fiercely opposed a US plan, promoted by President Barack Obama's predecessor  George W. Bush, to build a missile shield by placing a radar facility in the Czech Republic and interceptor rockets in Poland.

Obama's decision to drop the plan caused dismay in parts of Eastern Europe that still fear Russian interference, but was welcomed in Moscow.

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