U.S. hopes for Russia's partnership in MDS project: president

Politics Materials 6 July 2009 12:46 (UTC +04:00)
U.S. hopes for Russia's partnership in MDS project: president

U.S. hopes for Russia's partnership in deploying a missile defense system in Europe, U.S. President Barack Obama said in his interview with the Russian Novaya Gazeta newspaper on June 6.

"If we unite our resources in this area and the United States and Russia and our allies will be much more safety than if we act alone," Obama said. "I see a huge potential here and I hope that I and President Medvedev will have an active discussion on this topic in Moscow."

Today, U.S. President Barack Obama arrives in Moscow with a working visit upon his Russian counterpart Dmitriy Medvedev's invitation. The agreement on Obama's visit to Moscow has been reached during the two leaders' April meeting in London before the G20 summit. At that time, Medvedev stated that he is satisfied with familiarization with his American counterpart and hopes for an interesting and fruitful meeting in the Russian capital.

Obama said the U.S. government is currently finishing a comprehensive assessment of all programs in the field of missile defense, including in Europe. Regarding the threats that exist around the world, and especially the growing threat posed by North Korea and Iran, Washington aims to strengthen anti-missile defense of the United States and its allies in Europe and other parts of the world, Obama believes.

"At our April meeting in London, we with President Medvedev issued a joint statement, in which we instructed our delegations concerning a new contract in the negotiations," said Obama. "There was not any note of missile defense among them as a topic for discussion in these negotiations."

Obama said Washington understands Russia's anxiety in this issue and last few weeks, some senior officials were sent to Moscow to seriously discuss the US-Russian cooperation in missile defense.

"We do not establish and will not establish a system to protect against attacks from Russia," Obama said. "This way of thinking is simply the legacy of the Cold War."

Until recently, the United States  were going to deploy a radar in the Czech Republic and ten missile interceptors in Poland till 2010 under the guise of protection from missile threats from Iran. Russia fears that these systems will threaten its security. Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said in early November in response to deployment of American missile defense system in Europe that Russia will deploy Iskander missiles in the Kaliningrad region and will use radio electronic elements of suppression of missile defense. However, after Barack Obama came to power, there are talks in the United States about the suspension or cancellation of the third position area in Europe.