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    Soldiers watch a US Patriot missile being unloaded in a Polish Army military unit in Morag, northern Poland. File photo.

    US Uses 'Mythical' Security Threats to Deploy Patriot Systems in Poland - Moscow

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    While the US had justified the Patriot missiles' deployment by the threat allegedly posed by Tehran prior to the Iran nuclear deal was reached, Moscow has repeatedly questioned the claim and accused NATO of building up its military presence on the borders with Russia.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) – The plans to deploy US Patriot systems in Poland are a part of the US strategic intention to surround Russia with missile defense systems "under the pretext of mythical threats to security", Russian First Deputy Foreign Minister Vladimir Titov told Sputnik.

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    According to the senior diplomat, in reality the deployment of anti-missile defense network posed a threat to stability and undermined international trust "which has been lacking over the past years."

    "We have repeatedly, but, unfortunately, futilely pointed out this fact to our Western interlocutors," Titov said.

    An agreement on the deliveries of Patriot missile defense systems to Poland was signed by the Polish National Defense Ministry and the US State Department of Defense during US President Donald Trump's visit to Warsaw in early July, with the military hardware set to be handed over to Poland by 2022.

    Moscow has repeatedly said that the deployment of air defense systems near Russia's borders undoubtedly poses a threat to the country, with Russian President Vladimir Putin reminding that the US and European officials previously linked the missile shield deployment to Iran’s nuclear program, which was no longer present due to the deal reached in 2015 with Tehran.


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