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    Russia Against US THAAD Deployment in S.Korea, Hopes for Diplomatic Solution

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    Russian Ambassador to Seoul Alexander Timonin stated that despite opposing the THAAD deployment in South Korea Moscow expected relations with Seoul to enhance in coming years.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Moscow stands against the deployment of the US Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) missile defense system in South Korea, but looks forward to the diplomatic solution of the issue, media reported Monday.

    The Yonhap news agency reported, citing Russian Ambassador to Seoul Alexander Timonin, that despite opposing the THAAD deployment Moscow expected relations with Seoul to enhance in coming years.

    In early July, the Russian Foreign Ministry protested the decision on the THAAD deployment in South Korea, claiming that such a step would have a highly negative impact on global strategic stability.

    Last month, Seoul and Washington agreed to place Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) systems in the South with a stated goal of countering Pyongyang.

    The THAAD system is designed to intercept short, medium and intermediate ballistic missiles at the terminal incoming stage.

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