A news report is quoting a senior Russian general as saying that the military will cut some weapons programs if the United States drops its missile defense plans.

The Interfax news agency is quoting Col.-Gen. Nikolai Solovtsov as saying that the Russian armed forces wouldn't need some expensive weapons programs if the U.S. doesn't go ahead with its plans to deploy missile defense sites in Europe.

Solovtsov's statement on Friday was the latest expression of the Kremlin's hope that Barack Obama's administration may reverse the plan to build missile defense sites in Poland and the Czech Republic.

Russia has fiercely opposed the plan and promised to deploy missiles next to Poland if the U.S. goes ahead with the plan.