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Russia Keeps Up Criticism Of US Missile Defense Plans January 23, 2007

Posted by notapundit in World News.
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MOSCOW (AP)–A deputy foreign minister Tuesday added to Russian criticism of U.S. plans to establish missile defense sites in central Europe, saying it won’t enhance international security, the Interfax news agency reported.

“The plans of the United States on deploying a global anti-missile defense do not meet with understanding in Russia because they do not follow from global security interests,” Interfax quoted Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Kislyak as saying.

U.S. authorities said Monday they have told Polish leaders the U.S. wants to open formal negotiations on the possibility of locating ground-based interceptor missiles in their nation as part of a larger missile defense system.

Washington says the system is aimed at protecting itself and its allies from the threat of an attack from the Middle East and that Russia has nothing to fear.

But Russian military officials have said they see it as a threat that would upset the security balance and have warned of unspecified measures in response.

The prime minister of the Czech Republic – like Poland, a former Soviet satellite that is now a North Atlantic Treaty Organization member – said Saturday that Washington had asked to base a radar station in his country that would serve as another part of the system.

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