Russian arms inspections possible, Polish foreign minister says
(dpa) - Polish Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski on Wednesday said it was possible for Russia to inspect the planned US missile defence system on Polish territory as a confidence-building measure.
Poland would not accept the continued presence of Russian officers at the site, but inspections and monitoring were possible, Sikorski said in an interview with the Gazeta Wyborcza newspaper.
Confidence-building measures however needed a mutual basis, he said.
Sikorski welcomed Russia's decision to allow inspections of bases on its territory again.
Inspections were stopped last year after Russia quit the CFE treaty, an arms control pact.
The foreign minister stressed that Poland was willing to speed up its decision on allowing the set-up of US missile interceptors on its territory, but only if all conditions were met.
Sikorski said Poland was not willing to pay into the system.
The previous government had been willing to pay for part of the infrastructure.
In exchange for its support, Poland demands US military aid to modernize its armed forces.
The US plans to station 10 missile interceptors in Poland to prevent possible attacks from countries like Iran.
The Czech Republic is to host a radar tracking station.
Russia is strongly opposed to the plans, regarding them a danger to its strategic interests.