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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Poland May Let Russia Inspect Shield

WARSAW -- Poland may allow Moscow to inspect a U.S. anti-missile shield on its territory to convince the Kremlin that the weapons would pose no threat to Russia, a Polish official said Friday.

The plan to place 10 interceptor rockets in Poland and a radar system in the Czech Republic has been strongly criticized by Russia, which says it threatens its national security.

Polish Deputy Foreign Minister Witold Waszczykowski said Poland would consider allowing a visit by Russian inspectors to prove the missiles could not become an offensive weapon, nor to shoot down Russian missiles as they would be fired from too close a range.

In Prague, meanwhile, about 2,000 people marched Saturday against Washington's plans to place parts of the new missile defense system in the Czech Republic.