French FM: US bases in E Europe may threaten Russia

The U.S. plan to build missile-shield bases in the Czech Republic and Poland may pose threat to Russia, Itar-Tass quoted visiting French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner as saying.

French FM: US bases in E Europe may threaten Russia
The U.S. plan to build missile-shield bases in the Czech Republic and Poland may pose threat to Russia, Itar-Tass quoted visiting French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner as saying.

In an interview with Echo of Moscow, a Russian radio station based in Moscow, Kouchner said he had exchanged views with his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov on the U.S. missile shield plan.

Kouchner said he didn't believe Washington was deliberately building the bases to threaten Russia. Nevertheless, he said as long as the United States and Russia can share the Gabala radar base in Azerbaijan, it is unnecessary to set up such bases in east Europe.

Russian President Valadmir Putin proposed in June to his U.S. counterpart George W. Bush that their two countries share the Gabala radar that Russia has rented from Azerbaijan.

He said if the U.S. moves its anti-missile installations originally intended to be deployed in the Czech Republic and Poland, Russia would neither oppose the move nor seek to target its missiles on Europe.

Agencies
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