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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Baluyevsky Talks Tough on Shield

General Yury Baluyevsky, head of the Armed Forces General Staff, warned on Tuesday that Russia could target elements of a U.S. missile defense system that Washington wants to deploy in Poland and the Czech Republic.

"If we see that the facilities pose a threat to Russia's security, our forces will take these facilities into account in our planning," Baluyevsky said, Interfax reported. "Whether strategic, nuclear or otherwise -- that's a technical question."

Baluyevksy's comments came a day after U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates held talks in Moscow with top officials, including President Vladimir Putin and Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov.

Baluyevsky also said Russia could abandon the current anti-ballistic missile defense architecture around Moscow.

"I cannot rule out that we will come to the conclusion sooner or later that it is unnecessary and unfeasible to develop the missile defense system of Moscow," he said.

AP, Reuters