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Kremlin rejects US missile defence proposals: reports

by Staff Writers
Moscow (AFP) Nov 12, 2008
Russia cannot accept US proposals on missile defence and will take up negotiations with the next administration of Barack Obama, a Kremlin official quoted by Russian news agencies said Wednesday.

"We won't agree to these proposals and will negotiate with the new administration," the official said, describing a US offer on plans to place missile defence facilities in Poland and the Czech Republic as "nothing new."

The unnamed senior official accused the current US administration of trying to force its missile defence plans on the incoming Obama administration.

"The current administration wants at any cost to establish the unchangeability of this solution and exclude any discussion about the value of such solutions," the official said.

The administration of outgoing President George W. Bush "intends to put the new president in a position where he has no way out, so he takes responsibility for what they've thought up," the official said.

Earlier this month, Washington said it had made fresh proposals to ease Russia's concerns along with proposals to replace the Cold War-era Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START) when it expires in December 2009.

Chief US negotiator John Rood said the missile defence proposals built on previous ones that would allow Russian authorities access to the missile shield sites in Poland and the Czech Republic.

The plans by the Bush administration envisage establishing rocket interceptors in Poland and a linked radar in the Czech Republic.

The United States insists the facilities are needed to protect against "rogue states" like Iran, but Moscow has portrayed them as a threat to its security.

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