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Poland tries to reassure Russia over US missiles

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Poland tries to reassure Russia over US missiles


You have nothing to fear – that was the message from the Polish Prime Minister to the Russian foreign minister after talks about Poland’s plans to host US missiles on its soil. Sergei Lavrov was in Warsaw for talks with Jaroslav Kaczynski and his brother the President, Lech Kaczynski.

Lavrov has said placing the missile shield in Poland would be an unfriendly move against his country. He said it would futher complicate relations between the two countries: “Russia and Poland have a commun interest in the development of bilateral ties,” he said. “There are difficult issues between our two states but we’ve aggreed to work together to improve relations.”

The US is investing vast sums in its ‘Missile Defence Initiative’, which would use rockets to shoot down ballistic missiles that could carry nuclear, chemical or bacteriological warheads. Poland and the Czech Republic are among two sites outside the US being considered. Warsaw says nothing has been decided yet.

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