BUCHAREST, Romania –says he remains committed to building a in and will press Russian 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 atand 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.
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 the headquarters of the state-owned CEC Bank in Bucharest April 2, 2008.(ROMPRES/Mihai Poziumschi/Reuters)