The Czech Prime Minister has confirmed his government will open talks with the United States on siting part of a planned missile defence shield in the country. However, Prime Minister Mirek Topolanek said he’s made it clear he wants any installation to be part of a multilateral arrangement with NATO.
Negotiations between the US and the Czech Republic will continue until the end of this year. The US wants a radar station near Prague and a missile battery in Poland by 2011. However, people living close to the proposed site do not. Residents of one nearby village voted emphatically “no” in a recent referendum.