Moscow proposes mutual benefit of radar system with Washington

Russian President Vladimir Putin Thursday proposed using a radar site in Azerbaijan for a European missile defense system as a counter offer to US President George W. Bush's plan to base the system in Poland and the Czech Republic.

Moscow proposes mutual benefit of radar system with Washington
Russian President Vladimir Putin Thursday proposed using a radar site in Azerbaijan for a European missile defense system as a counter offer to US President George W. Bush's plan to base the system in Poland and the Czech Republic.

Bush was evasive on Putin's offer after emerging from a meeting with the Russian leader on the sidelines of the Group of Eight (G8) summit in Heiligendamm, Germany.

He described Putin's idea "interesting" and said that the US and Russia would begin negotiations to pursue it.

The Bush-Putin meeting was intended to defuse the tension that had been mounting over the US plan for an anti-missile shield based in Eastern Europe.

In the weeks preceding the G8, Putin warned of a new arms race and possible retaliation.

Bush has said the missile defense is intended to counter the threat from rogue regimes, including Iran.

In a related story, Russian News Agency "INTERFAX" reported that Putin would drop objections to Bush's plan if the interceptors and radar were in the former Soviet republic.
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