Russia, NATO meet on missile defense

Feb. 10, 2011 at 9:53 AM
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BRUSSELS, Feb. 10 (UPI) -- Representatives from Russia and NATO met Thursday in Brussels to discuss creating an anti-missile defense system for Europe, officials said.

Russia and the military alliance agreed to develop terms for missile defense cooperation by June, RIA Novosti reported.

"These talks are very important and should lay the groundwork for determining the scope of possible cooperation in the European missile defense project," Russia's ambassador to NATO Dmitry Rogozin said.

Russian leaders are pushing to establish a joint European defense network with NATO to ensure any missile defense system wouldn't threaten Russia's national security, RIA Novosti said. NATO has advocated creating two separate systems that would allow for information exchanges.

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