From RIA Novosti: Russia is concerned by U.S. missile defense talks with countries outside NATO, Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said on Thursday.

The statement came following reports on talks between the United States and Ukraine on the possible use of the latter’s radars or deployment of a new radar in the ex-Soviet state as part of the American missile defense program.

“We know that the U.S. administration has held discussions with its partners, including outside NATO, since it scrapped the plans [for a missile shield in Europe],” Ryabkov said.

“We are following the situation, and it would be an exaggeration to say that it inspires hope. We are concerned,” he said. (photo: RIA Novosti)