American plans to deploy a national missile defence system comply with Russian strategic security interests, Nikolai Kovalyov, deputy head of the Duma security committee and ex-director of the Federal Security Service, said on Monday. The idea is paradoxical "only at first sight," he remarked. The American plans have triggered concern in some European countries and Russia, but not a single missile defence system can be 100% efficient, Kovalyov said. In addition, "anti-American feelings will mount in Europe, Interfax reports. In fact, the U.S.' move would drive Russia to common Europe by making it think about general security in Europe, which complies with the national interests of our country," he said.
The head of the Voronezh region, Alexander Gusev, confirmed the death of Major General Vladimir Zavadsky.