BRUSSELS - Talks with Russia over NATO's planned missile defense system are failing to progress, the head of NATO said on Thursday, diminishing the likelihood of a summit with Moscow at the NATO summit in May.
NATO is developing the system to counter threats from states such as Iran. But Moscow is seeking legal guarantees that it is not aimed at limiting Russia's strategic nuclear capability, and wants joint control of how the system is used. NATO has declined these demands.
"I still hope we will be able to reach an agreement with Russia on missile defense cooperation," NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen told a news briefing.
"However, I also have to make it clear that we have not made much progress so far."
Russia is concerned about plans to station elements of the missile defense system near Russia, in NATO member states Poland, Romania and Turkey.