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Russia 'continues work' on U.S. missile shield plans - minister

RIA Novosti

11:36 30/10/2010

HANOI, October 30 (RIA Novosti) - Russia continues talks over U.S.'s missile defense shield program with Washington and with NATO, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Saturday.

Lavrov made his statement during talks with U.S. State Secretary Hillary Clinton on the sidelines of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit in Hanoi.

"We have a special group, set up by the decision of the presidents (Dmitry) Medvedev and (Barack) Obama, that is assessing the risks of missile proliferation," Lavrov said.

"This work continues both within our cooperation with the United States and within the Russia-NATO Council," he added.

U.S. plans for a missile shield in Eastern Europe remains an issue between Russia and NATO. Washington says it would guard against a possible missile threat from Iran, but Moscow says there is none.

NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen has proposed to create missile defenses for Europe but brushed aside Russia's calls for an all-encompassing European security treaty, saying there is no need for it.

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