Russia will develop its own nuclear offensive arms race if Nato fails to reach an agreement over the European defence shield, Russian Defence Minister Anatoly Serdyukov has said, following a Russia-Nato meeting in Brussels.
"We have no other way, otherwise we'll just have to develop an arms race. We failed to agree on conceptual approaches ... Our dialogue must be continued," he added.
The Russia-Nato meeting agreed on the plan of work for 2011 but did not reach a solution of conceptual approaches for cooperation on the missile shield.
Russia has retained staunch opposition to the planned deployment of US missile defence systems near its borders favouring a joint system with full-scale interoperability.
Nato and Russia had agreed to cooperate on the missile shield during the Nato-Russia Council summit in Lisbon last year, according to RIA Novosti.