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US, Russia still divided on missile shield

US, Russia still divided on missile shield

U.S. and Russian defense leaders say they are still divided over the planned missile defense system in Europe but will continue talks to try to resolve the differences.
The issue, which has been simmering for several years, was a major topic during a meeting between U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Russian Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov, although the ongoing military strikes in Libya _ and Russian opposition to them _ grabbed the headlines.
Gates says the two leaders had an intensive discussion on the missile shield and are making progress.
The plan, which is under way, begins with ship-based, anti-missile interceptors and radars, and would add land-based radars in Southern Europe.
The missile shield is aimed at countering future Iranian threats.


Updated : 2021-03-02 07:33 GMT+08:00