The Polish president's office backtracked Sunday on a previous claim that U.S. president-elect Barack Obama had promised Poland to continue the Bush administration's multibillion-dollar missile defense program.
Presidential aide Michal Kaminski said Obama "made no declaration on missile defense." But Kaminski did not explain why Polish President Lech Kaczynski had claimed Saturday that Obama told him "the missile defense project would continue."
In an interview on TVN24 news Sunday, Kaminski said Kaczynski and Obama talked on the phone late Friday about Polish-U.S. military cooperation, but that Obama "did not make any promises specifically regarding the shield."
The Polish retraction was seen as an embarrassment to Kaczynski, a staunch supporter of the plan to place 10 US missile interceptors in his country. A linked radar base would be stationed in the Czech Republic.