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Gates: U.S. Could Build Euro Missile Defense Now and Activate It Later

October 24, 2007

By ROBERT BURNS, AP Military Writer 

PRAGUE, Czech Republic – The United States might delay activating its proposed missile defense sites in Europe until it has “definitive proof” of a missile threat from Iran, Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Tuesday.

Robert Michael Gates
Robert Gates

At a news conference after meeting Czech Prime Minister Mirek Topolanek, Gates said the United States would proceed with current plans to build the sites in Europe but possibly wait before putting them in working order.

The proposal has already been presented to the Russians, who strongly oppose having U.S. missile defense ….

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Missile Defense Obstacles In Poland, Czech Republic


Czechs make “big mistake” on U.S. radar: Russia

August 21, 2007

By  Chris Baldwin MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia’s military chief told the Czech Republic on Tuesday that hosting a U.S. missile defense shield would be a “big mistake” and urged Prague to delay a decision until a new U.S. president was elected.

The Czech Republic is considering whether to accept a radar station that would form part of a U.S. missile shield — a system designed to intercept and destroy missiles from “rogue states” but which Moscow sees as a threat to its security.

“We say it will be a big mistake by the Czech government to put this radar site on Czech territory….

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