U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates speaks with the media after a meeting with the Russian Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov, not shown, at NATO headquarters in Brussels, Friday June 15, 2007. Defense Secretary Robert Gates’ assertion that the Bush administration will not replace its plan for a missile defense system in Eastern Europe with Russia’s counterproposal for a radar site in Azerbaijan was met with silence from the Russians Friday.
Defense Secretary Robert Gates says the Bush administration is not willing to replace its plan for a missile defense system in Eastern Europe with Russia’s counterproposal for a radar site in Azerbaijan.
And NATO is drawing up plans for an additional short range missile defense plan for Southern Europe:
Meanwhile, NATO ordered its military experts to draw up plans for a possible short-range missile defense system to protect nations on the alliance’s southern flank that would be left exposed by proposed U.S. anti-missile units in central Europe.
According to U.S. and NATO officials, the addition of the European bases to anti-missile installations in North America would protect most of Europe from the threat of long-range attack from Iran or elsewhere in the Middle East. But it would leave Turkey, Greece, Bulgaria and parts of Romania exposed.
To fill that gap, NATO Secretary General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer said NATO experts would produce a report by February on short-range anti-missile defenses “that can be bolted on to the overall missile defense system as it would be installed by the United States.”
Now, will Putin cancel his meeting with President Bush in July?
U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates, right, shakes hands with Russian Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov at NATO headquarters in Brussels, Friday June 15, 2007.
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