MUNICH - Germany and Italy have told the
United States they expect it to fulfill its obligations after the
US Congress blocked funding for a missile defense program
involving the three countries, Germany said on Saturday.
A defense bill passed by Congress
in December prohibited a
final US payment of $400.9 million for development of the
Medium Extended Air and Missile Defense System, known as MEADS,
which is being developed by Lockheed Martin with
partners in Italy
. US lawmakers said Washington
has no plans to produce the system.
The United States
have spent about $4
billion to develop MEADS over the past decade as a successor to
the Patriot missile
The White House
raised concerns about the bill before its
approval, warning that a ban on MEADS funding could harm
Washington's broader relationship with its allies.