From RIA Novosti: Moscow waits for detailed explanations concerning U.S. plans to deploy elements of its missile shield in Bulgaria, the Russian foreign minister said.

“I repeat that we are waiting for detailed explanations, which have been promised to us,” Sergei Lavrov said upon his arrival to Nicaragua for a one-day official visit.

James Warlick, the U.S. ambassador to Bulgaria, said earlier in the week that the United States was holding informal talks with the Balkan country on hosting elements of a U.S. missile shield on its soil.

“We have already asked our partners in Washington… what does this all mean and why after the Romanian ‘surprise’ there is a Bulgarian ‘surprise’ now,” Lavrov said. (graphic: RIA Novosti)