U.S. Invites Russian Cooperation on Missile Defense
The United States indicated on Wednesday that it still expects Russia to cooperate on the missile defense issue but that the plan will go ahead anyway.
“We’ve also made it clear that we would love to cooperate on missile defense against mutual threats with Russia,” Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said after talks with Polish Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski.
The new missile interceptor that Poland will host, as well as a new American aviation detachment to be stationed in Poland, “will be cornerstones of our mutual security commitments,” Clinton said.
She stressed that missile defense is a matter for NATO.
“NATO has made a decision. We believe that it is in all of our interests to carry forward and implement that decision.”
“Now, we’ve also made it clear that we would love to cooperate on missile defense against mutual threats with Russia. That is not only a U.S. position; that is als