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German FM stirs debate on US missile plans

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German FM stirs debate on US missile plans


Germany’s Foreign Minister has entered a debate over US plans to put an anti-missile system in Poland and the Czech Republic, saying Russia should be consulted.

In a newspaper interview Frank-Walter Steinmeier said Russia should be included in what he called “intensive dialogue”. The US wants to set up ten missile interceptors in the two countries that were formerly close allies of Russia during the Cold War.

Czech Prime Minister Mirek Topolanek is in favour of the idea even if many of his compatriots are not.

He said it was in the interests of both the Czechs and the Poles and that the most likely response to the American offer would be ‘yes’.

His Polish counterpart, Jaroslaw Kaczynski, said: “We’ll try to convince the Russians of the obvious fact that this installation is not aimed against them.”

The White House also says the missile system is not a threat to Russia.

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