Lavrov sees no threat from East, except for U.S. missile defense system

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said he does not see any threats to Russia from China and the East in general, except for the placement of elements of the United States missile defense system in the region.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said he does not see any threats to Russia from China and the East in general, except for the placement of elements of the United States missile defense system in the region.

"I don't see any threats from China, I don't see any threats from the East generally, except for one: the missile defense system, which is a global U.S. system and which is being created on U.S. territory [and deployed in] the Europe and the Northeast Asia," he said in an interview with three radio stations, commenting on the statement that Russia is facing threats from three directions: from China in the sphere of economics, from the south in the form of international terrorism and from the U.S. and NATO.

Speaking about the global U.S. missile defense system, Lavrov said that it "miraculously envelops the perimeter of the borders of the Russian Federation."

Speaking about China, the Russian minister said Russian-Chinese partnership is strategic and makes an important contribution to maintaining stability in international relations.

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