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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

U.S. Says Russia Can't Alter Plan

PARIS -- Russia cannot alter a U.S. plan to set up a missile defense system in nearby Poland, a senior U.S. official said in an interview published Wednesday.

Washington has enraged Moscow and unsettled some European allies with a plan to deploy 10 missile interceptors in Poland and a radar system in the Czech Republic that it says would help shield Europe from a possible missile attack by nations such as Iran.

In an interview with the newspaper Le Monde, U.S. Undersecretary of State Nicholas Burns said Russian fears were unjustified because the project was purely defensive and could not be modified to launch attack missiles.

"The Russians need to review their information. And understand that they are not part of NATO, so they are not in a position to modify this project," Burns said.

"We have listened to them, but they have been so intransigent in their position that most NATO allies now support our proposal," he said.