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Russian military says response to Gabala test for U.S.

RIA Novosti

21/06/2007 17:47 MOSCOW, June 21 (RIA Novosti) - Russia's chief of general staff suggested Thursday Washington's insistence on its missile defense plans, and the likely rejection of Russia's offer to use a radar in Azerbaijan, will reveal the real U.S. motives.

"We are saying quite openly that, if we get no response to our proposal.... which we are ready to back up technologically, then everything will be clear. In fact, the entire world will see the real purpose of the 'third site' in Poland and the Czech Republic, and who its perceived targets are," Yury Baluyevsky told a RIA Novosti news conference.

"What we can currently see is that some senior U.S. officials are trying to down play - and I mean what I say - the nature of Russia's proposal. I am, notably, speaking about Mr. Gates," Baluyevsky said.

"In a nutshell, I think the U.S. assessment of what Putin proposed in Heiligendamm is as follows. Washington is firmly set on deploying its missile defenses in Europe, which means that the current U.S. administration will not respond positively to Russia's initiative," Baluyevsky said.

"Our proposals to U.S. partners are, in fact, much broader than the Gabala radar. Somehow, what this radar cannot do seems to be the only thing everyone is talking about," he added.

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