Few Significant Problems Anticipated in NATO-Russia Missile Defense Cooperation, Alliance Head Says

NATO Secretary General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer yesterday said he foresees “no major hiccups” in efforts to increase cooperation on missile defense between the alliance and Russia (see GSN, March 16).

“It is progressing well,” de Hoop Scheffer said in remarks to reporters in Washington.

Earlier this month, NATO and Russia held a joint exercise in Colorado intended to help lay the foundation for increased missile defense interoperability, Aerospace Daily reported. While missile defense cooperation may be discussed at a planned NATO summit to be held in late June in Istanbul, Russian President Vladimir Putin has not yet indicated if he will attend, Scheffer said (Marc Selinger, Aerospace Daily, March 30).

 

 

March 30, 2004
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NATO Secretary General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer yesterday said he foresees “no major hiccups” in efforts to increase cooperation on missile defense between the alliance and Russia (see GSN, March 16).

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