NATO commander to talk Euro missile shield in MoscowOctober 10th, 2011 - 11:21 am ICT by IANS
Moscow, Oct 10 (IANS/RIA Novosti) NATO Supreme Allied Commander in Europe, US Admiral James Stavridis and Russia’s Chief of the General Staff Nikolai Makarov will make another attempt to overcome the deadlock in Russia-NATO talks on European missile defense during their meeting in Moscow Monday.
Makarov and Stavridis are expected to discuss “the current state and prospects of Russia-NATO cooperation in the military sphere”, including the creation of the European missile shield, and address “relevant regional and international security issues”, the Russian defense ministry said in a statement.
Russia’s envoy to NATO Dmitry Rogozin said Monday the talks between Moscow and the alliance on European missile defense have yielded “zero results”.
“Our partners are not going to make any serious advances during the talks,” he said, adding that NATO leadership was interested in “lowering the profile” of media coverage of the talks “in order to hide its principal refusal to… consider Russia’s objective demands from the public”.
He reiterated that NATO should provide Moscow with legal guarantees that its projected European missile defense shield will not be directed at Russia.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov dismissed concerns Sunday that Moscow’s disagreements with NATO over the issue could lead to a new arms race.
In an interview with Russia’s Profil political weekly, the minister said Russia had its own defense projects allowing Moscow “not to worry about our security under any circumstance” while avoiding “additional serious expenses”.
Russia and NATO agreed to cooperate on European missile defense system at the Lisbon Summit in November 2010. President Dmitry Medvedev proposed a joint system with full-scale interoperability to ensure that NATO’s system will not be directed against Moscow.
The alliance, however, favors two independent systems which exchange information.
The Russian foreign ministry warned last week that by refusing to provide legal guarantees on its missile shield, NATO could miss the chance to “turn anti-missile defense from an area of confrontation into an area of cooperation”.
- Russian military chief visits US - Jul 10, 2012
- Russia expects US compromise on missile defense - Oct 27, 2011
- 'Russia has no business in NATO missile defence' - May 23, 2012
- Medvedev, Obama to discuss missile issue at G8 summit - May 16, 2011
- Russia will counter US missile defence: Medvedev - Feb 22, 2012
- US, Russia to continue missile defence talks - Aug 09, 2011
- Russia tests interceptor missile - Dec 21, 2011
- US ready to provide Russia with missile shield details - Nov 21, 2011
- Euro-missile defense could intercept Russian ICBMs - May 03, 2012
- US not cooperating with Russia on missile defence: Minister - Sep 04, 2011
- Medvedev, Obama to discuss missile defence - Nov 11, 2011
- Russia to build anti-NATO missile shield - Feb 05, 2012
- Russia, US may not agree on missile defence in Obama's tenure: US envoy - May 28, 2011
- US missile defence plans hinder new arms cuts: Russia - Jun 30, 2012
- NATO, Russia to sign compendium on cooperation - May 04, 2011
Tags: admiral james stavridis, defense projects, dmitry medvedev, dmitry rogozin, international security issues, legal guarantees, lisbon summit, missile defense shield, missile defense system, missile shield, nato commander, nato leadership, nato talks, nikolai makarov, ria novosti, russian defense ministry, russian foreign ministry, sergei lavrov, supreme allied commander, zero results