Obama confirms reports on reviewing plans to deploy missile defense system in Europe
U.S. President Barack Obama has confirmed reports on reviewing plans to deploy missile defense system (MDS) in Europe, "Vesti" television channel reported.
Czech media reported on Sept. 17, citing a diplomatic source that the U.S. President Barack Obama on Sept. 17 informed the Prime Minister of the Czech Republic Jan Fischer of the renunciation from the deployment of anti-missile system of the United States on the Czech territory.
On Sept. 17, in Warsaw, the U.S. delegation held talks with Foreign Minister of Poland Radoslaw Sikorski and the chief of the Office of the President Wladyslaw Stasiak. Members of the American delegation and Sikorski refused to comment on the results of the meeting. Polish Foreign Minister went to the office of Donald Tusk to personally inform the Prime Minister of Poland on the negotiations.
The project to create a national missile defense was actively devised by the former U.S. administration. George Bush administration intended to, by 2013, deploy ten interceptor missiles in Poland and radar in the Czech Republic under the pretext of protection from supposed missile threat from Iran. Moscow fears that these systems will threaten its security.
The question of missile defense system remained the only serious disagreement between Moscow and Washington after Barack Obama won the Oval Office. Already during the election campaign, Obama spoke about the intention to reconsider the plans to deploy missile defense systems in Europe. If the military experts recognize the project of such placement ineffective, the U.S. will give up it.