US missile shield hurts NATO interests: UK MPs
Sat, 13 Jun 2009 13:31:58 GMT
British members of parliament have expressed concern that plans for a
British parliament's Foreign Affairs Committee, with lawmakers from the country's main political parties, also expressed reserve over the plans in a report on weapons proliferation, Reuters reported Saturday.
“We are not convinced that, as they are currently envisaged and under current circumstances, the United States' planned ballistic missile defense (BMD) deployments in the Czech Republic and Poland represent a net gain for European security,” the report said.
The report also stressed that pushing ahead with the plans despite Kremlin's objection would risk alienating
The committee also “regretted” the British government's decision to allow the
The lawmakers argued that, “the
Moscow has denounced the plans, which were introduced under former
Calling the antimissile shield a provocation,
US President Barack Obama seems determined to continue with the plan as long as
A recent study by a group of Russian and American military and academic experts for US-based think tank EastWest Institute both undermined the effectiveness of the anti-missile defense system and the likelihood of an "imminent" attack from
The reports said the system would not offer reliable protection against an Iranian threat "if and when it emerges," as in theory the system could be easily 'overwhelmed with rockets or decoys.'
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