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Missile defense in Europe can affect Central Asia – Lavrov

July 9, 2007

BISHKEK, July 9 (Itar-Tass) – The deployment of the US’ missile defense system in Europe can adversely affect the Central Asian region, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said at a meeting of foreign ministers of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization’s member states in Bishkek.

“We see that consequences of the unilateral action will affect Central Asia, and we should take into account not only the membership of member countries, but also the interests of observers in this organization,” he said.

“We pay much attention to international security problems, and we make concrete decisions. I am convinced that the proposal of the Russian president (for the joint use of the Gabala radar station with the US) indicates the need for a comprehensive approach to this issue,” Lavrov said.

“Talking about the missile defense, it is necessary to take into account opinions of other states,” he said.

“The Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) is an organization that has formed not artificially, but naturally. It has formed on the basis of objective interests of the states that make it.”

Further work of the SCO will be “not for the sake of development of the organization, but for stability in the Central Asian region and in the interests of the organization’s member countries,” Lavrov said.