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27 Feb, 2008 20:35

Czech PM in U.S. to finalise missile shield deal

Czech Prime Minister Mirek Topolanek is in the U.S. to finalise the agreement for his country to host the missile defence shield. Russia is strongly opposed to the plans, saying they would threaten its security interests.

Meanwhile, Poland claims talks being held with Washington this week will be key, in deciding whether the country will host part of the U.S. shield. 

Jan Tamas, spokesman for the Czech opposition initiative “No to Bases”, says the move is likely to sour his country's relations with both Russia and the EU.