Talks Bring No Resolution on Contested U.S.-European Missile Defense

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Global Security Newswire Staff
Aug. 15, 2013, 10:02 a.m.

Top U.S., Itali­an and Ger­man de­fense of­fi­cials have been un­able in talks thus far to sur­mount dif­fer­ences with their Rus­si­an coun­ter­parts over the de­ploy­ment of U.S. mis­sile de­fense sys­tems in Europe, ac­cord­ing to an In­ter­fax re­port.

“In the past 10 days, we have dis­cussed the mis­sile de­fense prob­lem with Mr. Maiz­iere, and with our part­ners from Italy, and, surely, with Mr. Hagel. No solu­tion to this prob­lem is dis­cern­able so far,” Rus­si­an Deputy De­fense Min­is­ter Anato­ly Ant­onov said to re­port­ers on Wed­nes­day. He was re­fer­ring to Ger­man De­fense Min­is­ter Thomas de Maiz­iere and U.S. De­fense Sec­ret­ary Chuck Hagel.

The meet­ings were called in March, amid Rus­si­an con­cerns that a glob­al mis­sile de­fense sys­tem built on the European con­tin­ent and along the Asi­an por­tion of the Pa­cific Rim would al­ter Rus­sia’s nuc­le­ar de­terrence cap­ab­il­it­ies, the wire ser­vice re­por­ted. Little head­way was ex­pec­ted to come from the talks, ac­cord­ing to in­siders.

“I have not felt that the Snowden prob­lem has an ef­fect on talks on mis­sile de­fense,” Ant­onov ad­ded, ac­cord­ing to In­ter­fax News Agency.

“Cer­tainly, the Snowden prob­lem was in the air,” he said. “I am just con­vinced that Mr. Hagel is fo­cused on prag­mat­ic co­oper­a­tion with Rus­sia.” 

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