"No one has ever had any doubts of the real goal [of the US defense system in Europe]. Moscow is well aware that in this case, Iran is little more than a pretext," he said.
He also questioned speculation that the test was allegedly conducted in order to send a kind of message to Russia. Batyuk recalled that a decision to deploy the missile shield was made at the beginning of US President Barack Obama's first term back in 2009.
His comments came a day after the US Navy destroyer USS Ross (DDG 71) successfully intercepted a ballistic missile with a Raytheon-made Standard Missile-3 (SM-3) in the North Atlantic Ocean during its Maritime Theater Missile Defense Forum drills.
The White House has repeatedly claimed that the US's European missile defense system is not aimed against Russia and is allegedly designed to repulse potential missile threats from Iran.
Moscow, in turn, wants legally binding guarantees that the US missile shield will not target Russia. Disagreements on the issue remain one of the main stumbling blocks in Russia-US relations.