Missile defense talks to be concluded in September

The Czech Defense Ministry says it is expecting talks with the United States on a secondary missile defense treaty to be concluded next month. The Czech-US missile defense deal is based on two treaties. The Czech government has already approved the main bilateral treaty allowing the US to build a radar base near Prague. The second, "complementary," treaty deals such issues as taxes and the legal status of US soldiers to be deployed at the base. Ministry spokesman Andrej Cirtek said Monday that negotiations on that deal are likely to be concluded in few weeks. Both treaties need parliamentary approval. Polish government has agreed to place interceptor missiles on its territory as part of the system.