Saturday, Dec 13, 2008
US negotiator John Rood will visit Moscow next week to discuss a controversial US anti-missile shield and a successor to a nuclear arms reduction treaty, the State Department said Friday.
The State Department confirmed reports from Moscow that Rood, acting US under secretary of state for arms control and international security, will meet Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov in the Russian capital on Monday.
Rood will lead a US interagency team of policy and technical experts to the talks with a Russian interagency delegation, it said in a statement.
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The two sides will discuss “transparency and confidence-building measures regarding the proposed US missile defense deployments in Europe,” according to the statement.
Rood said in November that Washington had sent new proposals to Russia that built on previous ones that would allow Russian authorities access to the missile shield sites.
The plans by the Bush administration envisage establishing rocket interceptors in Poland and a linked radar in the Czech Republic.
This article was posted: Saturday, December 13, 2008 at 4:19 am