NATO Chief Dismisses Russian Missile-Shield Warnings
NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen has dismissed warnings from Moscow regarding NATO's plan to construct a missile-defense system in Europe.
Senior Russian officials have recently said that negotiations with the Unites States over the U.S.-led missile shield had reached a "dead end," and that Russia might deploy missiles in Kaliningrad, an exclave bordering NATO member states, in response to the system.
Speaking to RFE/RL on May 11 in Brussels, Rasmussen called the Russian statements "negotiation tactics."
He also expressed regret, saying the statements run counter to a NATO-Russia agreement reached two years ago at a summit in Lisbon for the two sides to develop a "strategic partnership," including over issues such as missile defense.
Russia says the NATO missile shield could threaten its national security.