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1 Apr, 2010 14:34

Defense shield doubts part of tanker plane bargain – analyst

French Defense Minister Herve Morin has expressed doubts whether the planned US missile defense shield in Europe is worth building. Political analyst Diana Johnstone commented on Morin’s possible motives.

According to Morin, the costly system would come at the expense of Europe's military capacity, which he already considers weakened by tight budgets.

Johnstone sees a different agenda behind the statements, however.

“Perhaps the real reason of such a declaration is the row between the US and Europe over the tanker planes contract. [The European Aeronautic Defence and Space Company] won the contract, but later the decision was reversed by the Congress. The EU was very unhappy about this, and it is possible that these objections over the missile defense at this time are a part of the bargaining stance,” she told RT.