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Obama: U.S., Russia To Work On Missile Defense

May 26, 2011

President Barack Obama has said the United States and Russia are committed to finding an approach to a planned European-based U.S. missile shield that meets their security needs.

Obama said after talks with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev on May 26 that a common solution should be found to dealing with potential threats to both countries.

Medvedev, meanwhile, said that the world's strategic balance has improved since Russia and the United States signed the new START missile treaty.

Obama and Medvedev met on the sidelines of a Group of Eight summit in the French resort of Deauville.

Medvedev has become increasingly critical of U.S. plans to build a missile defense system in Central and Eastern Europe.

He has warned that failure to cooperate with Moscow on the shield could spark a new arms race.

compiled from agency reports

Source: http://www.rferl.org/content/obama_says_us_russia_to_work_on_missile_defense/24205945.html

Copyright (c) 2011. RFE/RL, Inc. Reprinted with the permission of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, 1201 Connecticut Ave., N.W. Washington DC 20036.



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