14 Jan 2020 12:43

Russia not to consult NATO about deployment of Iskander missiles - Shamanov

MOSCOW. Jan 14 (Interfax) - State Duma Defense Committee Chairman Vladimir Shamanov has invited NATO to elaborate an algorithm of interaction with Russia following the NATO secretary general's statement on the planned enhancement of air and missile defense networks in response to the deployment of Russia's Iskander systems armed with new 9M729 missiles.

"We are prepared to cooperate with them but will respond to their wishes, such as 'place your missiles behind the Urals Mountains', by saying, 'don't place your missiles under our nose'," Shamanov told the press on Tuesday.

"We are ready for dialogue, but NATO needs to elaborate an algorithm if it wants to interact instead of continuing idle talk. We have shown them the missile which causes their concern, so all their conjectures and fakes aren't working," he said.

"We are absolutely transparent and will not be reporting to NATO," Shamanov said.

Iskander-M complexes are operated by missile brigades of the Ground Forces. They are armed with cruise and ballistic missiles capable of carrying nuclear warheads.