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    US Claims Anti-Missile Site in Poland There to Prevent Middle East Threats

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    US Ambassador to Poland Paul Jones assures that the US anti-missile base to be built in Poland will not negatively affect Russia's security.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The US anti-missile base due to be built in the Polish town of Redzikowo does not threaten Russia's security, as the base is aimed at preventing missile threats from the Middle East, US Ambassador to Poland Paul Jones said Wednesday.

    The start of construction of the military base in Poland, which is part of an US-designed ballistic missile defense system in Europe, is scheduled for May 13. The construction of the base is expected to be completed by 2018.

    Speaking with the Polish Radio broadcaster, Jones assured that this defensive facility was designed to prevent the threats from the Middle East and not to threaten Russia's security and that Moscow was aware of that. However, the United States is fully ready for different scenarios, the ambassador noted.

    Russia has repeatedly expressed concern over the creation of the ballistic missile defense system in Europe, approved in 2010 during a NATO summit in Lisbon. A group of European countries, including Poland, Romania, Spain and Turkey, agreed to deploy elements of the system on their territories.

    The United States and NATO continue to claim that the ballistic missile defense system is aimed primarily at countering threats from Iran and North Korea.

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