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Bush Pushes Missile Defense; Heads For Meeting With Putin

April 2, 2008

BUCHAREST, Romania – President Bush says he remains committed to building a missile defense system in Europe and will press Russian President Vladimir Putin to drop his objections to the project.

Bush says he is willing to cooperate with Putin on the plans that he says is not aimed at Russia and that he plans to make that point to the outgoing Russian leader when he meets with him this week. He says the system is needed to counter potential threats from the Mideast.


U.S. Presses For Missile Defense in Europe

Robert Burns / Associated Press

COPENHAGEN, Denmark — Scrambling to seal a missile defense deal this weekend, the United States is offering guarantees to assure the Russians the system isn’t a European military threat aimed at them.

U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates, right, and Danish Minister ...
U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates, right, and Danish Minister of Defense, Soren Gade, are seen at a press meeting in Copenhagen, Denmark, Tuesday, April 1, 2008. Gates said Tuesday the United States and Russia are closer to an accommodation on U.S. missile defenses in Europe. He expressed hope new steps will be agreed on in weekend talks between President Bush and Russian President Vladimir Putin. Missile defense is among topics on the agenda of a NATO summit this week in Bucharest, Romania.(AP Photo/ POLFOTO, Tariq Mikkel Khan)

A key pledge: The United States won’t activate new sites in Poland and the Czech Republic unless Iran proves itself an imminent threat to Europe by test-flying a missile capable of reaching the continent.

A broader but less-specific agreement seems assured when President Bush sits down with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Sunday in the Black Sea resort of Sochi. That would be a “strategic framework” for relations between the two countries after Bush and Putin leave office. 
President George W. Bush speaks during a keynote address at ... 
President George W. Bush speaks during a keynote address at the headquarters of the state-owned CEC Bank in Bucharest April 2, 2008.(ROMPRES/Mihai Poziumschi/Reuters)


Missile Defense: Russia and U.S. in “Intense Negotiations”

March 17, 2008
By ROBERT BURNS, AP Military Writer

MOSCOW – Russia‘s president-elect on Monday predicted intense negotiations on U.S. missile defense plans, saying Moscow still has some questions and differences with the Bush administration.
U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates speaks to reporters aboard ... 
U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates speaks to reporters aboard his plane enroute to Moscow Sunday, March 16, 2008. Gates and U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice will meet their Russian counterparts March 17 and 18 to discuss missile defense, non-proliferation and counterterrorism.(AP Photo/Kevin Lamarque, POOL)

“At the same time, we are determined to go ahead,” said Dmitry Medvedev, setting a positive tone ahead of talks set for Tuesday. “We need to provide for continuity in the Russian-U.S. relationship. We have all the requisite tools to do this.”

Medvedev’s comments came as he met with Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Defense Secretary Robert Gates in an ornate room in the Kremlin.

Rice agreed with Medvedev, saying the U.S. and Russia have “a firm foundation for cooperation” on missile defense, which the United States sees as a way to defend against missile from nations such as Iran and North Korea.

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