U.S. - Russia missile defense cooperation is probable: expert

Politics Materials 19 June 2009 09:17 (UTC +04:00)

Azerbaijan, Baku, June 18 / Trend , E.Tariverdiyeva/  

Cooperation between US and Russia in a missile-defense system is very probable, European expert on security Beata Kviatek - Simanska said.

"Cooperation between two in developing a missile defense system is plausible and is very
believable, similarly, as any other cooperation that contributes to a good relationship," Kviatek - Simanska, Professor International Relations at Netherlands-based University of Groningen, wrote Trend in an email.  

U.S. Deputy Defense Secretary William J. Lynn III told Congress on June 16 that the Obama administration is exploring ways to involve two Russian radar installations in a missile-defense system for Central Europe, Washington Post reported.

Simanska said some time ago American officials with director of the US MDA O'Reilly visited Russia to discuss possibilities of using Russian radars in the case of an Iranian ballistic missile attack.

"U.S. officials were quite positive about Russia's participation in this project," Simanska said.

The comment raised new doubts about whether the administration would stick with its predecessor's plan.

Until recently the United States planned to deploy radar in the Czech Republic and ten missile interceptors in Poland by 2010 under the guise of protection from missile threats from Iran. Russia fears that these systems will threaten its security. However, after Barack Obama came to power, there are more frequent talks about suspension or cancellation of the third position area in Europe.