Russia Says It Won't Deploy Missiles Near Poland

Kremlin also criticizes Iran's president for denying Holocaust
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Sep 19, 2009 7:11 PM CDT
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad speaks before Friday prayers at the Tehran University campus in Tehran, Iran, Friday, Sept. 18, 2009.   (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)
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(Newser) – Russia said today it will scrap a plan to deploy missiles near Poland since Washington has dumped a planned missile shield in Eastern Europe. It also harshly criticized Iran's president for new comments denying the Holocaust. Neither move, however, represented ceding any significant ground. A plan to place Iskander missiles close to the Polish border was merely a threat.

And while the Kremlin has previously criticized Tehran for questioning the reality of the Holocaust, Russian leaders have refused to back a Western push for tougher sanctions against Iran. It still remains unclear whether Moscow will make any significant concessions on Iran and other issues in response to President Barack Obama's move to scrap the Bush-era plan for US missile defense in Poland and the Czech Republic.