Diplomacy of defence

Russian soldiers wear chemical protection suits as they stand next to a military fueler on the base of a prime mover of Russian Topol intercontinental ballistic missile during a training session at the Serpukhov's military missile forces research institute some 100km outside Moscow (AFP Photo / Natalia Kolesnikova)

­Long-running negotiations between Russia and USA about NATO’s European missile defence shield are currently deadlocked.  

Both countries want to protect their people by operating early warning radar stations, but have been unable to find a way to cooperate on the issue.

NATO’s top brass decided to deploy a missile defence system aimed at protecting Europe, but their plan to place it in former Warsaw Pact countries right on Russia’s border raised the alarm in Moscow, leading it to consider countermeasures.

So the reset in US-Russia relations announced by Washington and supported by Moscow is in now jeopardy.

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