US missile shield talks to continue in Moscow in September

Experts from Moscow and Washington plan to continue talks in September on the controversial US missile shield to be located in Central Europe, Interfax news agency reported Thursday citing the US embassy in Moscow.

US missile shield talks to continue in Moscow in September
Experts from Moscow and Washington plan to continue talks in September on the controversial US missile shield to be located in Central Europe, Interfax news agency reported Thursday citing the US embassy in Moscow.

The high-level talks were expected to take place in the Russian capital, Interfax reported.

Representatives from the United States and Russia held their first "good" talks on the US missile-defence plans in Washington earlier in the week, the US State Department said.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov renewed his demands for a clear position from Washington.

Russia submitted proposals at the expert meeting and was now waiting for a written response from Washington, Lavrov said.

Moscow has rejected the missile-defence shield, which it sees as a threat to its security interests, and has offered an alternative cooperative arrangement in missile defence between the US and Russia.

The talks held Monday and Tuesday in the US capital concentrated in part on possibilities for cooperation in protecting against attacks by long-range missiles and on the dangers of the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, sources in Washington said.

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Kislyak, US Under Secretary of Defence Eric Edelman, US Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs Daniel Fried and US Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of International Security and Nonproliferation John Rood took part in the Washington talks.

The US wants to place 10 defence missiles in Poland and a radar station in the Czech Republic.

Russian President Vladimir Putin recently offered the US the use of a radar facility in the former Soviet republic of Azerbaijan to Russia's south.

The US government has said that it will examine the offer, but has already made clear that it is no substitute for the planned deployments in Central Europe.

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