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Clinton says U.S. open to missile defense cooperation with Russia

RIA Novosti

14:13 05/02/2011

MUNICH, February 5 (RIA Novosti) - U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has reaffirmed Washington's readiness to cooperate with Russia on missile defense.

Speaking at the global security conference in Munich on Saturday, Clinton said the United States seeks true cooperation with Moscow in the missile defense sphere in an effort to strengthen bilateral relations and the U.S. security.

Clinton also said Washington is seeking to carry out a new joint analysis of the situation in missile defense and also joint exercises.

The U.S. Secretary of State welcomed the forthcoming exchange the instruments of ratification for the New START arms reduction treaty on Saturday with her Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov.

Clinton said the treaty is an example of a "clear-eyed cooperation that is in everyone's interests."

Lavrov said earlier this week Russia will do whatever is necessary to ensure its security if NATO attempts to give Moscow a raw deal in building a joint European missile defense system.

Russia and NATO agreed to discuss the creation of the European missile defense system in Lisbon in November last year, but as yet the talks have not brought any positive results.

Moscow insists on setting up a joint European missile defense network with NATO to make sure that the planned placement of elements of a U.S. missile defense system in a number of European countries will not threaten Russia's national security.

NATO, however, proposes creating two separate systems that would exchange information.

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