A Russian-operated radar station that Moscow is offering to share to counter potential missile threats from nations such as Iran has technology that apparently is too old to be useful, a U.S. general said after a visit.
Experts visited the Gabala radar station in Azerbaijan amid tensions over U.S. plans to install elements of a missile defense system in Poland and the Czech Republic, former Soviet satellites that are now members of NATO.
Army Brig. Gen. Patrick O'Reilly, deputy director of the U.S. Missile Defense Agency, said the experts were interested in what the Russian-leased radar station could offer, but seemed to indicate that it was too old for the purpose of defending against any threat from Iran -- Washington's main argument for building the European system.
Russians fear that the U.S. antimissile efforts are aimed at weakening their country and upsetting the strategic balance.