Ukraine seeks integration with European missile defence

August 17th, 2008 - 1:50 pm ICT by IANS  

Moscow/Kiev (Ukraine), Aug 17 (RIA Novosti) Ukraine may integrate its early warning missile system with Europe or propose other countries use its missile defence capabilities, the foreign ministry has said. Earlier in the year, Russia and Ukraine had withdrawn from an agreement on Moscow’s renting radar sites in Ukraine. The agreement, signed in 1992, defined the main principles for using early-warning missile systems located in Ukraine and funding for their modernization and reconstruction.

“Ukraine’s withdrawal from the agreement offers the possibility of developing active cooperation with European countries with a view to integrating units of early missile warning and space systems with similar systems,” the ministry said in a statement Saturday.

The statement came amid Russia’s concerns over US plans to deploy elements of its missile shield in Europe.

The US and Poland signed an agreement Thursday to deploy 10 US interceptor missiles in the former communist-bloc country.

Russia is strongly opposed to the missile shield plan, which it says will undermine its nuclear deterrent and threaten its national security.

Washington says plans to place 10 interceptor missiles in Poland coupled with a radar system in the Czech Republic are intended to counter possible attacks from what it calls “rogue states”, including Iran.

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