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Russia to insist on suspension of U.S. missile defense deployment in East Europe

September 15, 2007

MOSCOW. Sept 15 (Interfax-AVN) – Russia will insist at the upcoming consultations with U.S. experts to deal with the joint use of the Gabala radar station  in Azerbaijan that the U.S. suspend the deployment of its missile  defense  elements  in  East Europe, Alexander Yakushin, a first deputy chief  of  staff  of  the  Russian  Space Forces, said at a press
conference in Moscow on Saturday.
“Our  key  goal at these consultations is to stop the deployment of missile  defense  elements  in  East  Europe – in the Czech Republic and Poland,” Yakushin said.
Yakushin  will  lead  the  Russian negotiating team at the talks in Baku on  September  18,  in  which  Russian Foreign and Defense Ministry officials and also U.S. and Azeri experts are to take part.
The  meeting  will  last about three or four hours, after which its participants  will  be  able  to  tell  journalists  about its outcomes, Yakushin said.
The principal purpose of the possible joint use of the Gabala radar station  is  to monitor the essence and dynamics of missile threats from the southern direction, he said.
The  key  goal at the present stage is “to appropriately respond to threats that exist in the southern direction,” Yakushin said.
The  results  of the talks to be held in Azerbaijan on September 18 will be  reported  to  Russia’s  military-political leadership, and this information  will  be at hand at the Russian-U.S talks in the 2+2 format in October, he said.    
The  Russian  negotiating  team  will  include  officials  from the Defense  and  Foreign  Ministries,  and  the U.S. will be represented by officials  from  the  Pentagon and the Missile Defense Agency, and other experts.
Azeri officials will also attend the talks in Baku.    
About  ten  people  will  represent  each  party  at  the  talks in Azerbaijan, he said.
Journalists will not be permitted to be present at the talks at the Gabala station  and  will  be  able  to receive all information on their results  upon their conclusion outside the station’s territory, Yakushin said.
At the same time, the level of Russia’s openness can be seen by the fact that  U.S.  experts  will  be  admitted to the radar station, which plays a major role in providing Russia’s national security, he said.
Yakushin said he would hope that Russian experts would be given the chance to  visit  a  similar  facility in the U.S. in the future. “We at least count on this,” he said.


Obstacles ahead for missile defense

July 8, 2007

By Peter Grier
The Christian Science Monitor
July 9, 2007

Washington — You’d think deployment of US missile defenses in Europe was imminent, given the way Presidents George Bush and Vladimir Putin sparred over the subject at last week’s “Lobster Summit” in Kennebunkport, Maine.

Despite the goodwill generated by speedboat rides and swordfish dinners, Mr. Putin vehemently objected during the two-day meeting to US plans to push forward with antimissile sites in the Czech Republic and Poland.

In fact, US missile defense faces a long and winding European road – and Russian opposition is far from its only hurdle. The US still must strike basing deals with the Czech and Polish governments. And in Washington the Democratic-controlled Congress appears reluctant to fund the move, scrambling its near-term prospects.

“I can see money trickling to the system to keep it on life support,” says Wade Boese, director of research at the Arms Control Association. “I don’t think you’re going to see something that is full-bore ahead.”

At issue are a radar facility in the Czech Republic and a battery of 10 interceptor missiles in Poland that the Bush administration says are needed to guard against a developing missile threat from Iran.

Russian officials have long complained ….

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Russia’s Ivanov: Global Missile Defense System Could be Created by 2020

July 8, 2007

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PETROPAVLOVSK-KAMCHATSKY (Far East), July 8 (RIA Novosti) – A global missile defense system proposed by Russia could be created by 2020, a Russian first deputy prime minister said Sunday.

“We are proposing to create a single missile defense system for all participants with equal access to the system’s control,” Sergei Ivanov said in a televised interview with the Vesti Nedeli program on Rossiya television channel.

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Ivanov said the proposal applied both to the United States and European countries, including neutral states like Austria, Finland and Sweden.

According to Ivanov, the proposal involved efforts to create missile defense data exchange centers in Moscow and Brussels where the headquarters of NATO and the European Union are located.

Ivanov also mentioned the recent initiative by President Vladimir Putin that Russia and the United States could use the early warning facility in Gabala in Azerbaijan, if the U.S. gave up its plans to deploy elements of its European missile shield in Poland and the Czech Republic.

“In addition, Russia is ready in the future to offer its new radar being built in the Krasnodar Territory [in southern Russia] for a joint data system,” Ivanov said.

U.S. plans to place elements of its missile shield in Poland and the Czech Republic have become one of the main issues of contention in relations between Russia and the United States, bringing them recently to their lowest point since the Cold War.

In an initial response to the U.S. move, Moscow threatened to point Russian warheads at Europe and pull out of a conventional arms reduction treaty, the Conventional Forces in Europe Treaty (CFE), but seemingly softened its stance when Putin proposed at a Group of Eight leading industrialized nations summit in Germany to jointly use the Gabala radar in the former Soviet republic of Azerbaijan.

The Gabala radar, located near the town of Minchegaur, 120 kilometers (75 miles) from the capital Baku, was leased to Russia for 10 years in 2002.

The radar has been operational since early 1985. With a range of 6,000 kilometers (3,700 miles), it is the most powerful in the region and can detect any missile launches in Asia, the Middle East and parts of Africa.

During his informal talks with George W. Bush Monday, the Russian president proposed that the United States jointly use a radar being built in southern Russia, in addition to the missile early warning facility in Gabala.

Provided to Peace and Freedom by RIA Novosti.