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11 June 2009

Russia will not make its soil available for U.S. missile defenses

from RIA Novosti

Russia will not advance U.S. military plans aimed at itself and will not make its territory available for the deployment of U.S. missile defense elements, a Foreign Ministry spokesman said on Thursday.

Commenting on U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates' suggestion that U.S. missile defense sites could be deployed on Russian soil, Andrei Nesterenko said there could be no partnership "in building facilities that are essentially designed to counter Russia's strategic deterrence forces."

He said Moscow hoped for a mutually acceptable solution to the issue of missile defense, based on a joint assessment of threats, but at present the sides' assessments "do not coincide."

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