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Russia: Study needed for missile shield

BRUSSELS, Sept. 17 (UPI) -- The Russian envoy to NATO Friday urged the alliance to study the likely threats to Europe before creating a European missile shield.

"We continue to insist that, before discussing what may be meaningful in the framework of the possible European missile shield project and other serious projects, we need to carry out a serious analysis of missile threats," Dmitry Rogozin told the Russian news agency RIA Novosti.

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NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said Iran continues to threaten Russia and the rest of Europe. He said a missile defense system would make for a closer relationship between Russia and Western Europe.

But Rogozin suggested Iran is not the only threat.

"To settle on guilty parties in this issue means to dodge a discussion of more serious issues," Rogozin said. "It is not only Iran that possesses missiles in Europe's southern 'underbelly,' but other countries as well, so if we are to start this analysis, we should analyze all those who possess this kind of technology."

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