Russian Ambassador to Denmark Mikhail Vanin tried to convince Copenhagen to join the missile defense system of NATO, which the Russian side regards as a threat to its security.
Moscow demands to secure assurances about "not directed" the European missile defense against Russia in a legally binding form, but gets rejected. In March 2014, the United States, and in April and NATO stopped the dialogue with Russia on missile defense, citing the Ukrainian crisis. In the Russian defense Ministry had previously said that the statements of a number of European countries about their willingness to host U.S. missile defense system only confirm the fears of the Russian Federation that the West is working to undermine the Russian nuclear deterrence forces.
"I don't think the Danes fully understand the implications of accession of Denmark to the US-led missile defense system (ABM). If this happens, Danish warships will become targets for Russian nuclear missiles " - quoted expression of Vanin.
The Russian Ambassador also said that in the case of accession of Denmark to the project " relations with Russia will be harmed ". The message of the Russian Ambassador certain foreign media was perceived as the threat of nuclear attack against Denmark.
in Russian military doctrine stated that the development and deployment of strategic missile defence systems that undermine global stability and violate the existing balance of forces in nuclear missiles, is one of the main external military dangers.
in the capital of Russia before that, they stated that the American missile defense system given the global nature, for this reason, Russia could Not remain indifferent and forced to retaliate. According to the chief of the Russian General staff army General Valery Gerasimov, to host the NATO missiles launchers are used, identical to those used for rockets with wings marine placement. These actions, Gerasimov said, are the failures of the Treaty on the destruction of intermediate-range and shorter-range.
The chief of the General staff of the Russian Federation also noted that the response is directed, most importantly, to equip the Russian army and Navy modern systems and weapons systems, allowing to calm the potential of the US ABM system, and also with enhanced capabilities to overcome it.