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Russia, U.S. in talks on new missile defense system - Lavrov

RIA Novosti

17:13 13/10/2009 MOSCOW, October 13 (RIA Novosti) - Russia and the U.S. will continue talks on a new missile defense system, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Tuesday after talks with the U.S. secretary of state.

"Today we exchanged views on how these consultations are developing. They will be continued," Lavrov said.

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said that the U.S. had presented to Russia its re-assessment of the Iranian missile threat and was expecting cooperation with Moscow on the issue of missile defense.

She said that Russian-U.S. missile defense cooperation would benefit not only the two former Cold War foes, but the whole world.

"We want to ensure that we answer every question asked by the Russian military or government... because we want to be as transparent as possible," she said.

U.S. President Barack Obama in September scrapped plans to deploy a radar in the Czech Republic and interceptor missiles in Poland, due to a re-assessment of the threat from Iran. Moscow had fiercely opposed the plans as a threat to its national security.

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