Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin blamed the failure to reach agreement on his nation's involvement in a European antiballistic missile system on U.S. negotiators' refusal to put down in writing previously offered verbal commitments, RIA Novosti reported on Friday.
Russia on Friday said it hopes to augment the Gabala radar installation in Azerbaijan in response to Iran's growing ability to hit distant targets with its missiles, Deutsche Presse-Agentur reported (see GSN, Sept. 15, 2010).
Ten U.S. officials tomorrow are expected to visit the Gabala radar in Azerbaijan that Russia has proposed as an alternative to missile defense installations in Poland and the Czech Republic, Reuters reported (see GSN, Sept. 14).
Russian President Vladimir Putin said Friday that the United States plans to send a team of military officials to Azerbaijan to inspect a radar facility that could be used as a missile defense site (see GSN, Sept. 7).
The head of the U.S. Missile Defense Agency said yesterday that a Russian radar base in Azerbaijan alone would not provide the protection the United States wants against a potential Iranian missile threat, Agence France-Presse reported (see GSN, July 13).