Russia Calls For More Antimissile Talks With U.S.

Russian Deputy Defense Minister Anatoly Antonov on Tuesday called for further talks with the United States on the Obama administration's plans to establish a missile shield in Europe, Interfax reported.

Antonov and U.S. Defense Undersecretary James Miller met in Brussels on Tuesday to discuss implications of Washington's decision to cancel development of a next-generation missile interceptor that would have a limited ability to counter ICBMs. Moscow had been strongly opposed to the Standard Missile 3 Block 2B interceptor, seeing in it a threat to its own long-range nuclear missiles.

Antonov told reporters the day's talks did not resolve all Russian concerns about planned U.S. antimissile systems in Europe, which include other land-based SM-3 interceptors in Poland and Romania. Another round of bilateral talks is expected to take place in Moscow, possibly close to May 23-24, according to the Russian official.

"Missile defense problems are too complicated in order to hope that Russia’s concerns will be removed at once," Antonov said to ITAR-Tass. "Too many problems in this aspect accumulated between the two countries."

May 1, 2013
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Russian Deputy Defense Minister Anatoly Antonov on Tuesday called for further talks with the United States on the Obama administration's plans to establish a missile shield in Europe, Interfax reported.