US needs time to review Europe missile plan: Gates

February 20th, 2009 - 9:51 pm ICT by IANS  

Krakow (Poland), Feb 20 (Xinhua) US Defence Secretary Robert Gates said Friday that the Obama administration needs time to review the plans of the previous administration to develop a strategic missile defence shield in Poland and the Czech Republic.
Gates said he has told Polish leaders to allow some time for the review.

The US needs to put this issue in context in terms of its relations with Poland and the Czech Republic and also with Russia, he told reporters at an informal meeting of NATO defence ministers.

Gates held talks with Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk and Defence Minister Bogdan Klich Thursday, on the sidelines of the NATO meeting.

“I simply asked the Polish leaders for a little time for the (US) administration to be able to do that (review),” said Gates.

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