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Poland and US set to sign deal on missile shield

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Poland and US set to sign deal on missile shield


A deal over an American missile defence shield is expected to be signed by the US Secretary of State in Poland today.

Condoleezza Rice will sign an accord aimed at getting Poland to host elements of the shield, which is vehemently opposed by Russia.

A deal was struck when Washington improved the terms, and promised to boost Poland’s air defences.

Commentator Marek Ostrowski at the weekly magazine Polityka said: “If the agreement was reached because of Georgia, this strengthens Russia’s argument that the shield is against Russia, even though the Americans say it’s not. If it’s not against Russia, then why was the agreement reached so fast, with the Georgian conflict going on?”

A top Russian general was quoted last week as saying that any deal – still to be approved by the Polish parliament – would lay the country open to a possible Russian military strike.

The US wants Poland to host 10 interceptor rockets, and the Czech Republic to host a radar station.

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