Russia's permanent representative at the NATO Alexander Grushko believes that after solving the Iranian nuclear problem will be the moment of truth for the European segment of the missile defense.
"I wish to draw a parallel with the missile defense system. We know that the European segment was placed under the pretext that it is necessary to protect Europe, the allies against the Iranian nuclear danger, "he said during the video bridge Moscow-Brussels, organized by MIA" Russia today ".
"I hope that, finally, by early July, this issue will be completely removed from the international agenda as an issue of safety, and then comes the moment of truth for our partners, which created this system," explained Grushko.
in 2002 the US withdrew from signed with Russia anti-ballistic missile Treaty (he allowed the parties to create only one missile defense systems, limiting the location, size, and power) and headed for the placement in the European Union 3rd position area of global strategic system their (the interceptor missiles in Poland and a radar station in the Czech Republic), able to hit Russian ICBMs.
Moscow felt these plans threat and requires to secure assurances about "not directed" the European missile defense against Russia in a legally binding form, but is rejected. In March 2014, the United States, and in April, NATO stopped the dialogue with Russia on missile defense, citing the Ukrainian crisis.