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U.S. to continue talking with Russia over missile defense shield
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09:51, July 06, 2007

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The United States will continue its talks with Russia over the issue of the missile defense shield, White House spokesman Tony Snow said on Thursday in Washington.

"The clear message is that there are going to be a lot of technical issues to work out and we're going to work on them," said Snow. "There would be some political issues involved, as well. "

Snow made the remarks after Russia offered Wednesday to abandon plans to deploy missiles in Russia's European territory if the United States accepts its proposals on its anti-ballistic missile system.

"If our proposals are accepted then Russia will no longer have the necessity to deploy new missile weapons in the north of the country, including in the Kaliningrad region," Russian First Vice Prime Minister Sergei Ivanov was quoted as saying.

Washington and Moscow are at odds over the U.S. plans for a radar station in the Czech Republic and interceptor rockets in Poland, with the latter saying the plans threaten its security.

U.S. President George W. Bush held talks with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin on Sunday, focusing on the missile defense shield.

"The two presidents made pretty clear their view of things" during their talks in Kennebunkport, Maine, where Bush's parents have an oceanside compound, Snow said.

"The president also made it clear that he thought Eastern European nations ought to be an important part of these conversations, including the Czechs and the Poles; the Russians have their own ideas about where they'd like to be putting satellite sites and so on," said Snow.

"And those are going to continue to be matters of discussion. So we're continuing to work the issue," the spokesman said.

Source: Xinhua



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