Russia insists on equal part in European missile defense

Chief of the Russian General Staff Gen. Nikolai Makarov

From RIA Novosti:  "The main condition for joint work [in the area of missile defense] should be the permanent participation of Russian experts in drafting the European missile defense architecture," Gen. Nikolai Makarov said at a meeting of the Russia-NATO Council on Wednesday.

NATO earlier proposed creating two separate systems that would exchange information, while Russia proposed a unified missile defense network, which would include joint centers for establishing threats and be based on joint decisions. …

Makarov said on Wednesday that this approach was unacceptable because Moscow wanted to see clearly the real purpose of the European missile shield and Russia’s role in it from the very beginning.  (photo: Vladimir Vyatkin/RIA Novosti)

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