'US considering alternatives to European missile defense shield'

August 29, 2009 11:39


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The Obama administration has developed possible alternative plans for a missile defense shield in Poland and the Czech Republic, theNew York Times reported over the weekend. According to the report, US President Barack Obama may present ideas to Russian President Dmitri A. Medvedev at a meeting in New York during the annual opening at the General Assembly of the United Nations in September. US officials reportedly told the newspaper that among the alternatives are dropping either the Polish or Czech site, or both sites, and instead building launching pads or radar installations in Turkey or the Balkans, while developing land-based versions of the Aegis SM-3, a ship-based anti-missile system. While the officials stressed that decisions had not been made yet, Piotr Paszkowski, a spokesman for Poland's foreign minister, was quoted as saying that "It is clear that Eastern Europe is out of the epicenter of this American administration…The missile defense system is now under review. The chances that it will be in Poland are 50-50."

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