NATO and Russia fail to narrow missile defense gap

June 8, 2011 22:01

BRUSSELS - NATO and Russia failed on Wednesday to narrow differences on missile defense cooperation, but the head of the Western military alliance said he was optimistic they could agree a deal by next May.

NATO and Russia agreed at a summit in Lisbon in November to cooperate on missile defense, but the alliance has given a cold shoulder to Moscow's proposal of a "sectoral" system dividing the continent into Russian and NATO zones of responsibility.NATO has also resisted Moscow's call for binding guarantees that a European missile shield would not weaken Russia's nuclear arsenal.

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