Rice says US missile defense plans to proceed; wants Russian cooperation

October 12, 2007 09:25

US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice says plans to expand America's missile defense system in Poland and the Czech Republic will proceed, but she wants to seek Russian suggestions for cooperation to address Moscow's opposition to the program. Rice and US Defense Secretary Robert Gates gathered Friday morning at Russian President Vladimir Putin's dacha, or residence, outside Moscow to kick off a series of high-level meetings on missile defense and other thorny issues including Iran's nuclear program, US-Russian arms control and Russia's commitment to democracy. Shortly before the talks began, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov was asked by reporters if he expected any breakthroughs. "Breaks, definitely. Through or down, I don't know," he said.

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