Russia says it agrees on the installation of a US anti-missile radar system in the Czech Republic if Washington agrees with Moscow's conditions.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei lavrov conditioned the Russian approval on allowing the permanent presence of Russian observers at the site of the facility.
US has been lobbying with Poland and the Czech Republic to house radar and interceptor systems which form parts of Washington's controversial proposal for a global missile shield.
The announcement of the possibility of a conditional Russian approval strikes a happy note for the US against Moscow's constant objection to the controversial move.
So far Russia has not yet ceased to call the plan a threat to its stability, which it says Washington has hid under the title of a precaution against possible attacks on the part of 'countries like Iran and North Korea.'
In an interview with the Press TV, on August 15, Russian political analyst Victor Nadein Raevskiy opposed the claim against Iran saying "Iran does not have missiles that could reach that far."
Lavrov's remarks seem far from go-aheads for Washington to do as it pleases with the radar proposal, since Russia has, accordingly, announced plans to modernize its nuclear deterrent.
As a response to the planned US missile shield, Russia says it has plans for equipping its future nuclear-powered submarines with Bulava nuclear missiles, which according to the Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, are capable of ripping through 'any' missile defense barrier.
Date: Tue, 21 Oct 2008 01:58:43 GMT
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