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Europe missiles plans not shelved: Russia

world Updated: Sep 21, 2009 17:49 IST

Russia's top general said on Monday that plans to deploy missiles in an enclave near Poland have not been shelved following a decision by the United States to overhaul its blueprint for a missile shield in Europe.

When asked about reports that Russia had decided not to deploy Iskander missiles in Kaliningrad, the chief of Russia's general staff, Nikolai Makarov, said: "There has been no such decision. It should be a political decision. It should be made by the president."

"They (the Americans) have not given up the anti-missile shield; they have replaced it with a sea-based component," Makarov told reporters on a plane from Moscow to Zurich.