Saturday, January 22, 2011

NATO, Russia missile systems to stay separate: NATO

ATO wants to cooperate with Russia on amissile defence shield for Europe but the two sides should keep their systems separate, the Western alliance's chief said ahead of a meeting of military brass.
The former Cold War foes agreed at a landmark summit in Lisbon last November to explore the possibility of cooperating in the European missile defence system, but left the complex details of how it would work for later.
"For the first time NATO nations and Russia will be cooperating to defend themselves," NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said in a video blog.
"I consider the cooperation on missile defence politically important for the development of the overallsecurity relationship with Russia," he said.
Rasmussen expressed the 28-nation alliance's vision -- apparently far from Moscow's -- ahead of a meeting of the NATO-Russia Council in Brussels on January 26 at the level of ambassadors and military more


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