John Negroponte, the US Deputy Secretary of State, has stated that Russia received an invitation by the US to visit its Missile Defence System base in Alaska to continue the negotiations to resolve the problem regarding allocation of this system in Europe, RIA News reported. The Associated Press reported that Negroponte made the declaration during the Russian-American negotiations in Washington, dedicated to settling differences on widening the anti missile defence system.
The US attempted to disclose to its Russian partners the goals of the allocation of the anti-missile defence system in Eastern Europe. Russian representatives noted that there was no necessity to establish a security system in Europe, until facts on the real threat from Iran have been emerged. Sergey Kisilak, the head of the Russian delegation, spoke to his American counterparts about the details of the proposal of the President of Russia, Vladimir Putin, regarding the joint use of the Gabala Radar Station of Azerbaijan.
The US plans to allocate anti-missile defence in Czech Republic and Poland, stating its reasons being the threat from Iran. Moscow in its turn, considers that the US unconvincingly asserts the allocation of an anti-missile defence system near the Russian boundaries, as a threat to the national security of Russian people.
The President of the Russian Federation, Vladimir Putin, offered the joint use of the Gabala Radar Station of Azerbaijan during the meeting with US President George W. Bush within the framework of the G8 summit on 7 July.