New missile shield proposals to be presented to Russia in Nov. - NATO
MOSCOW, October 4 (RIA Novosti) - New proposals on a missile defense plan for Europe will be presented to Moscow at a Russia-NATO Council summit in November, the alliance's spokesman said on Monday.
Such a joint project will bring Russia and NATO closer, James Appathurai said.
The summit will take place in Lisbon on November 20.
NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen has called for the creation of missile defenses in Europe, but Russia says a serious assessment of missile risks should be carried out before starting on the project.
Rasmussen has said a new Euro-Atlantic missile defense system would liven up the EU allies’ ties with the United States and the alliance’s relationship with Russia.
The leaders of 28 NATO countries should invite Russia to participate in the project at the November summit, he told journalists in September.
But the U.S.’s plans to deploy an anti-ballistic missile shield in Eastern Europe remains a bone of contention between Moscow and NATO. The U.S. says it would defend NATO territories against a possible missile threat from Iran, but Russia says there is no threat.
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