Russia warns of pre-emptive strike
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Russia says preemptive strike on NATO missile system is possible

A top Russian military official says that if the U.S.-led missile defense project in Europe continues as planned, Moscow would not rule out attacking it.

By Sergei L. Loiko
Los Angeles Times

Russia may consider a preemptive strike on a missile defense system in Europe if the U.S.-led NATO project continues as planned, a top official said Thursday.

Russian Chief of General Staff Nikolai Makarov, in a sign of the tension between Russia and the United States over the missile defense plans, said during an international conference that a strike by his country might be possible.

“A decision to use destructive force preemptively will be taken if the situation worsens,” Makarov said.

Makarov’s remark followed a statement by Russian Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov, who said Russian and U.S. consultations on the subject were “close to a dead end.”

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