NATO’s Supreme Allied Commander in Moscow to discuss missile defense

NATO Supreme Allied Commander in Europe, Adm. James Stavridis and Russia

 From  NATO Supreme Allied Commander in Europe, U.S. Admiral James Stavridis and Russia’s Chief of the General Staff Nikolai Makarov will make another attempt to overcome the deadlock in Russia-NATO talks on European missile defense during their meeting in Moscow on Monday

Makarov and Stavridis are expected to discuss "the current state and prospects of Russia-NATO cooperation in the military sphere," including the creation of the European missile shield, and address "relevant regional and international security issues," the Russian Defense Ministry said in a statement. 

Russia’s envoy to NATO Dmitry Rogozin said on Monday the talks between Moscow and the alliance on European missile defense have yielded "zero results." 

“Our partners are not going to make any serious advances during the talks,” he said, adding that NATO leadership was interested in “lowering the profile” of media coverage of the talks “in order to hide its principal refusal to… consider Russia’s objective demands from the public.”

He reiterated that NATO should provide Moscow with legal guarantees that its projected European missile defense shield will not be directed at Russia.  (photo: AP)

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