October 22, 2015 / 5:13 PM / 3 years ago

U.S. missile shield a threat to Russia's nuclear capability: Putin

SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) - The expansion of the United States’ ballistic missile defense system is a threat to Russia’s nuclear capability, Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday.

Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a session of the Valdai International Discussion Club in Krasnaya Polyana, Sochi, Russia, October 22, 2015. REUTERS/Alexander Zemlianichenko/Pool

Putin added that U.S. ballistic missile shield bases in Eastern Europe could also be used to station offensive weapons and that he was worried about NATO military infrastructure moving closer to Russia’s borders.

Reporting by Denis Dyomkin; Writing by Polina Devitt and Alexander Winning; Editing by Christian Lowe

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