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Poland, Czech Republic To Coordinate On US Base Request January 25, 2007

Posted by notapundit in World News.
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WARSSAW (AP)–Poland plans to coordinate with the Czech Republic as it weighs a U.S. proposal to build a missile defense site with bases in each of the two Eastern European countries, the Polish president said Thursday.

Washington announced this week that it is requesting formal talks with the two countries on building the missile defense bases to protect itself and allies against potential attacks from the Middle East.

So far officials in both Warsaw and Prague have said they are willing to start the talks, but that it is too early to say what the outcome might be.

Polish President Lech Kaczynski said that Warsaw would likely cooperate with Prague as it mulls the request.

“I think that our action on the matter will be coordinated,” Kaczynski told reporters in Warsaw following a meeting with his Czech counterpart, Vaclav Klaus.

But as far as what the ultimate decision will be, Kaczynski said that “only God knows the future.”

Earlier, the Czech government said it received a note Thursday asking it to consider basing a radar station in the Czech Republic as part of a missile defense system. It said it planned to reply in the next few weeks.

Poland was being asked to host an interceptor site that would be part of the same system, a U.S. embassy official in Warsaw said Monday.

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