Medvedev Proposes Global Missile Defense Cooperation with U.S.

From RIA Novosti: Russia has proposed cooperation with the United States in creating a global missile defense system, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said Thursday.

"We are interested in cooperating with our American partners on this issue as close as possible," Medvedev told a press conference in Prague after the two presidents signed a new nuclear arms reduction treaty.

"We proposed our services to the United States in establishing a global missile defense system. We need to think about this," he said. …

Russia has emphasized its right to withdraw from the treaty if an increase in the quantity or quality in the U.S. strategic missile defense significantly threatens the effectiveness of Russia’s strategic nuclear forces.

The presidents agreed to continue talks on a missile defense shield, including information exchange and the evaluation of threats.  (photo: Getty)

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