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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Sergeyev on U.S. NMD

MOSCOW -- Rejecting U.S. assurances about the U.S. missile defense shield, Defense Minister Igor Sergeyev claimed that the planned program was intended to give the United States a first-strike capability.

In an interview with the Independent Military Review published Friday, Sergeyev said that some U.S. officials had the "delusion" that the missile defense shield and future arms control agreements would allow the United States "to destroy Russia's strategic nuclear potential by a preemptive strike and interception of the remaining Russian missiles and warheads."

The United States has insisted the missile shield would pose no threat to Russia.