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Ukraine wants talks on anti-missile shield

KIEV, Ukraine, March 2 (UPI) -- Ukraine's prime minister is calling for talks with the United States and the European Union over U.S. plans for a missile defense system.

The plan currently calls for radar stations and missiles to be placed in Poland and the Czech Republic.

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"European security should not be divided in a way that benefits certain countries only," Ukrainian Prime Minister Victor Yanukovich told the German newspaper Die Welt. "If we're talking about a global security system, Ukraine can also make a contribution."

Russia has come out against the U.S. plan, calling it "a national security threat and a destabilizing factor for Europe," Novosti reported.

U.S. officials say the radar and 10 missile interceptors would help protect its European allies from threats from countries like Iran or North Korea.

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