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Moscow praises NATO's proposal to link missile defense systems

RIA Novosti

20:32 18/09/2009 BRUSSELS, September 18 (RIA Novosti) -- Linking the U.S., NATO and Russia missile-defense systems is a feasible proposal, Russia's envoy to the North Atlantic alliance said on Friday.

NATO head Anders Fogh Rasmussen said earlier in the day that the Western alliance and Russia should consider linking their defensive missile systems.

"Given political will, such technical matters can be successfully resolved," Dmitry Rogozin said.

He said Russia was ready to team up with the West in developing a "road map" for a European missile defense architecture.

He cited a joint NATO-Russia Theater Missile Defense Computer Assisted Exercise under the aegis of the NATO-Russia Council (January 2008) as an example of such cooperation.

Speaking at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace conference, Rasmussen invited Russia to work with the bloc on a joint assessment of security challenges, adding that NATO, the U.S. and Russia had shared interests in working to prevent the proliferation of intercontinental ballistic missile technology.

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