Envoy: Briefing to detail U.S missile plan

Feb. 19, 2010 at 4:04 PM

BRUSSELS, Feb. 19 (UPI) -- The Russian permanent envoy to NATO said Friday a U.S. official will provide details of the U.S. missile defense program at an upcoming briefing.

Envoy Dmitry Rogozin told Russia's Interfax news agency the briefing by the U.S. official, whose identity was not released, would occur at a March 3 meeting of the Euro-Atlantic Partnership Council in Brussels.

Rogozin said the briefing will be a way to "address such a broad audience because questions that the Russian side plans to ask will be of interest not only to members of the Russia-NATO Council but also to neutral states and countries in the CIS (Commonwealth of Independent States)."

Rogozin said Russia supports the United States' stance the two countries could work together on certain tasks such as analyzing and opposing missile threats.

"We agree with that. But in reality, we can see something else for some reason -- we learned from the media about the possibility of bases emerging in Romania, possibly in Bulgaria, in Turkey. We read about sticking to (the plan for) missile defense configuration in Poland and the Czech Republic in some form or other," Rogozin told Interfax.

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