Russia: Iran Deal Will Eliminate Need for Missile Defense in Europe

Russian FM says that if international deal aimed at preventing Iran from nuclear weapons is implemented fully, there 'no reason' for missile defense plan.

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Russia's foreign minister said Wednesday that an international deal aimed at preventing Iran from developing nuclear weapons will in the long run eliminate any need for a missile defense system in Europe.

American officials have said the missile defenses it wants to install in Europe will protect NATO allies and counter any threat from Iran. Russia has long opposed the plan, and sees the system as a threat to the viability of Russia's own nuclear arsenal as a deterrent.

In Geneva earlier this month, leading world powers reached a deal with Iran to ensure that its nuclear program remains peaceful.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov told reporters after a meeting Wednesday with NATO counterparts there's "no reason" for the missile defense plan if that deal is implemented fully.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov speaks during a media conference after a meeting of the NATO-Russia Council at NATO headquarters in Brussels, Dec. 4, 2013.Credit: AP

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