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Biden set to brief Poles on new missile defense plans

RIA Novosti

23:52 20/10/2009 WARSAW, October 20 (RIA Novosti) - U.S. Vice President Joe Biden is expected to brief Poland's president and prime minister on Washington's revised missile defense plans during a two-day visit to the country that begins on Wednesday.

Biden's meeting with Polish President Lech Kaczynski and Prime Minster Donald Tusk comes just over a month after U.S. President Barack Obama announced that Washington was scrapping the Bush administration's plans for a missile shield in Central Europe due to a re-assessment of the threat from Iran.

The missile shield would have seen the deployment of a radar in the Czech Republic and interceptor missiles in Poland. Russia had fiercely opposed the plans as a national security threat.

"Lech Kaczynski would like to discuss with the U.S. vice president issues emerging from the signing last year of a Polish-American declaration of strategic cooperation," a source in the presidential office told RIA Novosti. "Apart from this, the Polish president intends to talk about NATO's new strategic policy."

Biden is also set to visit the Czech Republic, and he is expected to reassure the two countries' leaders that the U.S. still has interests in Central Europe, despite its decision to scrap the missile shield.

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