Medvedev hopes to discuss missile shield with ObamaMarch 2nd, 2009 - 1:15 am ICT by IANS
Moscow, March 1 (RIA Novosti) Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said Sunday he hoped to discuss US plans to deploy a missile shield system in Central Europe with his American counterpart Barack Obama when they will meet in April during the G20 summit in London.
In an interview with the Spanish media, Medvedev said he hoped the new US administration would display a more creative approach to this issue than the previous George Bush administration.
He said the US plans to deploy elements of a missile shield in Europe was not topical and only caused the feeling of “disappointment” as it was aimed, if not directly, then indirectly, against Russia.
“Of course, Russia does not like it. This is absolutely obvious. No one denies the existence of various threats, including the threats that may be accompanied by the acts of nuclear terrorism, threats from countries with instable regimes. But let us respond to these threats jointly rather than isolating each other from these processes,” Medvedev said.
Washington has agreed plans with Warsaw and Prague to deploy 10 interceptor missiles in Poland and a radar in the Czech Republic by 2013. The US says the shield is needed to deter possible strikes from “rogue states” such as Iran.
Russia has consistently opposed the missile shield as a threat to its national security and the balance of security in Europe. Medvedev threatened in November to retaliate if the US plans went ahead by deploying Iskander-M missiles in the country’s westernmost exclave of Kaliningrad, which borders NATO members Poland and Lithuania.
Obama indicated earlier that he may put on hold his predecessor George Bush’s plans concerning the third site for Washington’s global missile defence system, which he said needed more analysis.
- Moscow reiterates its missile defence posture - Aug 21, 2012
- US, Russia admit differences over missile shield - Apr 01, 2009
- Poland wants to build own missile defence - Aug 12, 2012
- Russia says to drop Iskander plans if US scraps missile shield - Mar 03, 2009
- Russia unveils anti-missile radar in Kaliningrad - Nov 29, 2011
- No strategic significance for Patriot missiles near Russia: Poland - Jan 21, 2010
- Medvedev to discuss missile issues with US - Jun 11, 2010
- Russia scraps Kaliningrad missile plan - Sep 19, 2009
- Russia switches on missile detection radar - Nov 30, 2011
- US missile defence aimed at Russian nuclear deterrent: Minister - Feb 07, 2009
- US vows to go ahead with missile shield - May 11, 2012
- Compromise with US on missile shield possible: Medvedev - Nov 24, 2008
- Russia tests interceptor missile - Dec 21, 2011
- US scraps missile defence plan for Czech Republic - Jun 15, 2011
- US may disclose missile defence data to Russia - Mar 12, 2012
Tags: american counterpart, barack obama, central europe, creative approach, dmitry medvedev, exclave, g20 summit, george bush, interceptor missiles, iskander, kaliningrad, missile defence system, missile shield, nato members, nuclear terrorism, ria novosti, rogue states, russian president, spanish media, terrorism threats