NATO: Russian missile counter-measures a waste of money

December 7, 2011 18:04


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BRUSSELS - Progress towards a missile defense deal between NATO and Russia has been slower than expected but Russia would be wasting money by investing in counter-measures against an imaginary threat from the West, the head of NATO said on Wednesday.

Despite a rise in anti-NATO rhetoric from Moscow in recent months, NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said progress had been made in developing practical cooperation with Russia in the past year.

"I expect further progress in the coming year," he told reporters ahead of a meeting between NATO foreign ministers and their Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov in Brussels on Thursday.

Rasmussen said he was pleased that Russian President Dmitry Medvedev had kept the door open to dialogue on missile defense, but noted he had also warned of Russian counter-measures if differences between Russia and NATO could not be resolved.

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