Russia reportedly rejects latest US missile proposal

November 12, 2008

Russian news agencies are reporting that The Kremlin has rejected the US offer for missile defense cooperation in Europe. The reports have called the proposal inadequate and reported the proposal posed threats to the national security of the country. The US government has decided not to pursue the matter until after the newly elected Presidential candidate, Barrack Obama, takes oath at the White House.

“Russia is ready to cooperate with the United States on European security but considers the proposals that were sent are insufficient,” Itar-Tass news agency quoted an unidentified Kremlin source as saying. “We will not give our agreement to these proposals and we will speak to the new administration,” said the source, who was quoted by Russia’s three main news agencies, an indication the remarks reflect official policy. However, there was no official comment from the Kremlin.

The US proposal involves an offer to allow Russia to send observers to monitor the missile defense sites. This is one of several proposals offered to Russia but neither of the two countries, the US or Russia, has disclosed any contents on the official proposal made. The Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov met the US Secretary of State, Condoleeza Rice and stated that the proposals were inadequate. Earlier the Russian President has warned that Russia will not hold itself back basing its short range Iskander missiles near Poland if the US went ahead with its defense missile plans. He also delivered a near-cold harsh speech welcoming the newly elected President to the new cold war era. A response from Obama for the Russian speech and welcome note is still awaited. According to the reports, it will be reciprocated only after the new President takes charge of the Office.


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