Schroeder calls U.S. missile plan 'dangerous'

U.S. plans to site parts of a missile defense shield in Poland and the Czech Republic are "politically dangerous," former German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder said.

Schroeder calls U.S. missile plan 'dangerous'
U.S. plans to site parts of a missile defense shield in Poland and the Czech Republic are "politically dangerous," former German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder said.

"From my point of view the missile defense system is politically dangerous. It is perceived as an attempt to isolate Russia, which is not in Europe's political interests," said Schroeder, who is a personal friend of President Vladimir Putin.

"It is Germany's responsibility ... to persuade the United States to abandon these plans," he said at a round table discussion with political analysts and journalists.

Schroeder, who formed his friendship with Putin as chancellor, was promoting a Russian edition of his book "Decisions -- My Life in Politics," which lavishes praise on the policies of the Kremlin chief.

"It is presented as though the plans are the business of the countries involved and the Americans. But they concern Europe as a whole," Schroeder said, adding the EU should brush aside "narrow-minded nationalistic interests."

Schroeder, who now chairs a German-Russian consortium building a major gas pipeline under the Baltic Sea, is one of only a few Western politicians to publicly side with Russia on many political issues.

Reuters
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