Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Missile defence as indicator of 'resetting'


Denisova Olga
14.03.2012, 16:29
Russia is interested in constructive equal relations with the US. The signing and ratification of the START Treaty, Russia’s entry into the WTO and the facilitation of visa-issuing are the results of the two countries’ cooperation. However, trust could be weakened by US activities in launching a missile defence system, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov believes.
Russia is interested in constructive equal relations with the US. The signing and ratification of the START Treaty, Russia’s entry into the WTO and the facilitation of visa-issuing are the results of the two countries’ cooperation. However, trust could be weakened by US activities in launching a missile defence system, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov believes.“We are aware of potential problems in Russian-US relations, which are capable of impeding our cooperation and hurting confidence. I mean US activities in launching a global missile defence system. Washington’s readiness to take into consideration Russia’s concerns about missile defence and making an effort to reach a mutually acceptable compromise would become an indicator of mature ‘resetting’ and a base for a long-term dialogue. We are putting forward one simple condition. If the US does not mean to change anything in its missile defence plans  we would like to have reliable guarantees that missiles due to be deployed in Europe will not be aimed against Russian strategic nuclear forces.”

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