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US Missile Defense In Europe Becomes A Reality

Posted By admin On August 19, 2008 @ 10:47 am In World News | Comments Disabled

Yury Zaitsev
RIA Novosti

Tuesday, Aug 19, 2008

On August 14, Poland and the United States signed an agreement on the deployment of 10 ground-based missile interceptors (GBIs) on Polish territory.

The timing of the event leaves little doubt that it is linked with the recent conflict in the Caucasus. Like Washington, Warsaw unreservedly backed Tbilisi at all levels, and eventually agreed to host U.S. missile defense. Thus, a third positioning missile defense area has become reality.

Despite Russia’s repeated appeals to the United States to clarify the status of missile defense, Moscow has not yet received a meaningful answer. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that the “U.S.-promised transparency and confidence-building measures have not yet become reality.”

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Russia has serious differences on missile defense with NATO, which cannot decide on its format in Europe. Will Russia be included in European missile defense, or will it be merely a segment of U.S. national missile defense?

These questions became urgent in 2007, when the Americans started carrying out their plan of deploying radars and interceptor missiles by launching geodesic and surveying work at the future sites on Polish and Czech territory. They also began intergovernmental talks to draft agreements on their legal status.

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[1] Full article here: http://www.spacewar.com/reports/US_Missile_Defense_In_Europe_Becomes_A_Reality_999.html

[2] Gates Touts “A Better Missile Defense for a Safer Europe”: http://www.prisonplanet.com/gates-touts-a-better-missile-defense-for-a-safer-europe.html

[3] Medvedev threatens to target U.S. missile shield in Europe if no deal is reached: http://www.prisonplanet.com/medvedev-threatens-to-target-u-s-missile-shield-in-europe-if-no-deal-is-reached.html

[4] U.S. May Disclose Missile Defense Data to Russia: http://www.prisonplanet.com/u-s-may-disclose-missile-defense-data-to-russia.html

[5] Russia says concerned over U.S. missile defense talks: http://www.prisonplanet.com/russia-says-concerned-over-u-s-missile-defense-talks.html

[6] ‘Russia capable of neutralizing US missile defense threat’: http://www.prisonplanet.com/%e2%80%98russia-capable-of-neutralizing-us-missile-defense-threat%e2%80%99.html

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