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Prague sees Russian criticism of missile shield as game with U.S.
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08:19, July 07, 2007

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Russian criticism of the possible stationing of the U.S. missile defense shield in the Czech Republic and Poland is just Russia's game that does not concern the Czech Republic so much, Czech Foreign Minister Karel Schwarzenberg said in an interview for the Slovak daily Hospodarske Noviny on Friday.

"This is a Russian game that does not concern us too much," said Schwarzenberg, commenting on the Russian threats that Russia will react to the U.S. defense system by targeting its missiles at the Czech Republic and Poland.

"This is a game with the United States in which the Russians want to win recognition that they are an equal super-power and that they will, similarly like 20 years ago, participate in the decision-making about the destiny of Europe ... It is discussing the issue only with the USA," Schwarzenberg told the paper.

He also said that the U.S. radar base as part of the missile defense shield would increase the Czech Republic's security in the future.
"In a couple of years when some countries, that are expected to do so, gain mass destruction weapons, it will be better for our security to have this shield," Schwarzenberg noted.

The United States unveiled its plan in January to place a radar system in the Czech Republic and 10 interceptor missiles in Poland, as components of the missile defense shield. Russia has voiced strong opposition to the deployment.

Source: Xinhua

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