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10 Sep, 2007 03:25

Russia and U.S. resuming talks on anti-nukes in Europe

Talks between the two countries on U.S. plans to put up ABMs in Europe re-open in Paris on Monday. The 1st round was held in Washington in July, when Russia presented a proposal for the joint use of its anti-missile units in Southern Russia and Azerbaijan

Last week, the U.S. held consultations with Poland and the Czech Republic who are expected to host elements of the shield.

Today, Russian and American diplomats are meeting at the U.S. Embassy in Paris to discuss once again Washington's proposed anti-missile defence system, which is strongly opposed by Moscow.  

Russia believes the system could disrupt the balance of power in the world and lead to a new arms race. The U.S., however, argues that the shield will be used purely as a protection from potential threats from North Korea or Iran.

At the APEC forum held last weekend in Sydney, President George Bush and President Vladimir Putin discussed the controversial issue on the sidelines. However, no compromise has been reached.   

As an alternative, Russia proposes to jointly use the Gabala radar station in Azerbaijan.

Also, as another possible plan, Moscow has proposed that part of the anti-missile defence shield – joint system between Russia, the U.S. and the EU – could potentially be placed in the South of Russia.

Meanwhile, President Vladimir Putin says he is convinced that Russia and the U.S. may follow a different approach to the problem that will not lead to confrontation. He expressed hope that both countries would try to find a solution.