U.S. to deploy Patriot missiles in Poland: Polish official

WARSAW. October 17. KAZINFORM. A battery of armed Patriot missiles will station in Poland rotationally, Deputy Polish Defense Minister Stanislaw Komorowski said Friday; Kazinform refers to Xinhua.

    "In the near future, in accordance with earlier declarations, there will be a battery of Patriots placed on Polish territory on a rotating basis," Stanislaw Komorowski said.

    He added the Patriots would be equipped with elements allowing their integration with Poland's national defense system.

    Komorowski was speaking after talks here with visiting U.S. Assistant Secretary of Defence Alexander Vershbow, and ahead of next week's visit by Vice U.S. President Joe Biden, who is due to meet Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk to discuss the new U.S. concept of anti-missile defense.

    Vershbow, for his part, said the Patriot project was part of the Obama administration's "new approach" to missile defense. He added that in future the U.S. also wanted Poland to host a unit ofSM-3 interceptor missiles.

       Under the Polish-U.S. accord signed last year, 10 ground base interceptors are to be installed in Redzikowo, northern Poland, part of a larger system that would include a radar system in the Czech Republic, to counter Tehran's emerging long-range-missile; Kazinform cites Xinhua. See www.news.xinhuanet.com for full version.

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