The European missile defense system never saw Russia’s participation as equal, as Moscow was never offered processing centers or provided information exchange, Russian Deputy Security Council Secretary Evgeny Lukyanov said Wednesday, RIA Novosti informs.“No one in the US has offered two processing centers or any real-time exchange systems,” Lukyanov told RIA Novosti in an interview.Lukyanov also said the final decision to place the European part of the missile-defense system in Poland, Romania, and Turkey is up to those sovereign states.“We aren’t pleased over these countries’ decision, but it’s important that people in these countries acknowledge the fact that they will become hostages of the irresponsible American practice,” the deputy Security Council secretary said.US plans to create a missile defense system in Europe have recently become a source of friction in US-Russian relations.The US currently has two strategic missile defense systems on its own territory: in Alaska and California, while Russia has only one system of the same kind in Moscow Region. The US is currently planning to build a third missile defense site in Europe.Moscow insists on legally binding contract guarantees that the European missile defense is not directed against Russia, while NATO has called on Russia to simply take the alliance’s word that the system will not be used against Moscow.In late May, Moscow was denied participation in the international conference on missile defense.The Russian Foreign Ministry expressed concern over this head-in-the-sand approach, as the unlimited deployment of US-NATO missile defense elements is continuing in Europe, which may “violate the strategic balance and undermine international stability.”On Tuesday, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that relations between the US and Russia are not in good shape, as Moscow’s attempts to “handle business on an equal basis” were never matched by Washington.Putin to West: Stop turning world into ‘global barracks,’ dictating rules to othersRussia’s president has blamed the turmoil in Ukraine on the country’s newly-elected leader Petro Poroshenko. Vladimir Putin also criticized the West for its intention to turn the planet into a “global barracks.”Russia’s president has laid the blame for the ongoing turmoil between Kiev and south-eastern regions squarely at the feet of Petro Poroshenko, after the Ukrainian leader terminated the ceasefire, rt.com informs.He has stressed that Russia and European partners could not convince Poroshenko to not take the path of violence, which can’t lead to peace.“Unfortunately, President Poroshenko has made the decision to resume military actions, and we – meaning myself and my colleagues in Europe – could not convince him that the way to reliable, firm and long-term peace can’t lie through war,” Putin said. On Monday, the leaders of Russia, France, Germany and Ukraine held a phone call in which Putin stressed the need to prolong the ceasefire and the creation of “a reliable mechanism for monitoring compliance with it and the OSCE [Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe] should play an active role.”Russia offered that checkpoints on the Russian side should be monitored by representatives of the Ukrainian Border service as well as OSCE observers for “the joint control of the border.”
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