November 26, 2007

US and Russian officials opened talks on US missile defense plan

US and Russian officials opened talks on US plans to deploy a missile defense radar and interceptor missiles in Eastern Europe. The expert level talks follow up on a set of wide-ranging proposals for US-Russian missile defense cooperation made last month by US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Defense Secretary Robert Gates during a visit to Moscow.

Pentagon spokesman Bryan Whitman said he had no details on the agenda of the talks. Eric Edelman, deputy secretary of state for policy, was representing the Defense Department at the meeting. A Russian foreign ministry official said that the United States had put concrete proposals in writing but that they fell short of what Gates and Rice promised orally when they met with President Vladimir Putin.

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