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Russia Will Find Adequate Response to US ABM Buildup – Defense Ministry

© AFP 2023 / US Navy photoThe guided-missile destroyer USS Ross (DDG 71)
The guided-missile destroyer USS Ross (DDG 71) - Sputnik International
The US Navy plans to modernize about 50 ships by 2020 to serve missile defense purposes, but Russia will find a way to respond to this, a Defense Ministry official said on Tuesday.

A U.S. soldier stands next to a Patriot surface-to-air missile battery at an army base in Morag, Poland - Sputnik International
US Missile Defense in Europe 'Directed Against' Russia's Iskander System
"We expect some 48-49 US warships to be converted by 2020 as part of Washington’s global missile shield program,”  Colonel Oleg Pyshny, who heads a department at the 4th Central Scientific Research Institute of the Russian Defense Ministry, told reporters in Moscow.

The overall number of interceptor missiles installed onboard US ships equipped with air defense systems may exceed 200 by 2020, he added.

The US missile defense buildup poses certain threats “both to the maritime component of the Russian strategic nuclear forces, but Russia will take adequate response steps to offset these threats,” Colonel Pyshny emphasized.

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