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8 Jan, 2008 19:21

Czechs reject U.S. missile system - poll

In the Czech Republic, 70% of respondents in a recent poll said they were against U.S. plans to deploy an anti-missile system in their country.

In March last year Washington began talks with the government in Prague with the aim of deploying a radar station on Czech soil.  The U.S. claims the system is needed to counter possible threats from Iran.

Russia strongly opposed the move, saying it's not happy with NATO expansion close to its eastern border.

President Vladimir Putin offered the use of the Gabala radar station in Azerbaijan as an alternative to the U.S. plan. So far there has been little enthusiasm for the idea in Washington.